Explosions in the Sky
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care


3.5
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Review

by Lambda USER (68 Reviews)
April 18th, 2011 | 13 replies | 4,836 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gorgeous, sprawling, and epic, Explosions in the Sky's latest may not break much new ground, but it certainly does a good job retreading it.

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A dream. A sun-parched desert road. Heat haze. Hope. These are the images which Texan post-rockers Explosions in the Sky's fifth release conjures up. "Take Care, Take Care, Take Care" is not the group's greatest record, but it does contain some of their best moments, and is a worthy addition to their already impressive discography.

Opener "Last Known Surroundings" is, to put it simply, one of the band's best songs (off any release). It opens with what sounds like a song being played, muffled, underwater. Then we get some gorgeous guitar feedback and not before long the drums come in- and then we are off. A tambourine and delayed guitar are added over the original beat, creating an astonishingly beautiful soundscape. The last quarter of the track features a flickering, energetic sample that forms a sense of urgency not commonly seen from the band- it adds to the song immensely, and it is unfortunate that is one of the few examples on here of the band really branching out and trying something new.

This is the Explosions in the Sky that you've come to know and love, for better or worse. While this does result in an excellent new release, it would have been nice to see the band take some more risks and try some new, different things. The only other complaint I really have with the album is that some parts are just too meandering for their own good. Yes, this is post-rock, which isn't exactly known for fast-paced songwriting, but there are a couple of moments (such as "Let Me In"'s outro) where I found myself thinking: okay, where's this going? However, when you do get there, you'll find that it was worth the wait. There are some truly spectacular crescendos on this album.

So, overall, while there are some unexpected touches here and there (like the aah-vocals on track three "Trembling Hands,) this is basically what you would expect from the band at this point. That doesn't mean it's bad, however: on the contrary, it is a beautiful, enthralling release with some truly phenomenal moments. Explosions in the Sky may not reinvent the wheel with "Take Care, Take Care, Take Care", but when you are this good, you don't necessarily have to.



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amanwithahammer
April 18th 2011



406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Well someone likes it

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 18th 2011



28466 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

its easily their 4th best record

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amanwithahammer
April 18th 2011



406 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

sigur ros is the only post-rock i listen to hahahaha

DinosaurJones
April 18th 2011



490 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

People are going to bust EitS for not changing their sound.

But if people love their sound, why change it? I think they do enough to keep you guessing while keeping everything that you expect from them as well. No, it's not groundbreaking, but it's definitely what people have come to love/like from them.

NeutralThunder12
April 18th 2011



8742 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

despite their importance to the genre their pretty boring

Motiv3
April 18th 2011



8923 Comments


i heard the first song they released and it was really bad.

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Tyrael
April 18th 2011



20828 Comments


Trembling Hands is awful. Good review Lambda.

Ire
April 18th 2011



41754 Comments


yeah you would

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
April 18th 2011



23807 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

you don't necessarily have too


to*

Lambda
April 18th 2011



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks guys- I enjoyed this release, though it isn't their best.

balcaen
April 18th 2011



3183 Comments


meh, this band's become a caricature of things very typical of post-rock.
good short review though. i expected something pretty fanboyish

Lambda
April 18th 2011



2417 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Thanks :D

Uranium
April 18th 2011



7092 Comments


ughhh



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