Explosions in the Sky
The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place


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classic

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by Heero USER (1 Reviews)
March 11th, 2012 | 39 replies | 3,031 views


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Don't bother if you're concerned for complexity and experimentation in your post-rock.

4 of 5 thought this review was well written

It is hard to believe that I did not fall in love with this album at first sight. Though I came to love each song, one by one, quite dearly, it only began after Your Hand in Mine.

It was sometime during the school year, and a friend of mine sent me a Youtube link so I could listen to Your Hand in Mine. At best, I gave it a hasty listen, and at worst I put it out of my memory for another several months. Soon, summer came around, and he and I were looking for something to play (rather poorly) on guitars together. After messing around with one or two other songs, I simply suggested Your Hand in Mine, and it dawned on him that it was better than trying to learn some completely random song. Even as I learned to play it, I approached the task as a task; just as something to learn while I hung out with this friend. Simply put, my relationship with the song was a mere accident, and had my friend had different tastes it might have been some other song that we were playing.

But then, one night I cannot quite remember, I hopped into bed, exhausted. I decided to listen to some music, and I listened to Your Hand in Mine. For the first time, my guard was down while I listened to the song. There was no web of thoughts and analysis filtering the song down, and I met the song the same way it met me: wordlessly and honestly. Complex? No. This song was not complex, nor was it some technical feat of some sort. I do not think it ever really intended to, and I do not think it should be judged by a person who believes it was intended to. This song is simple, but it also echoed profoundly, on a different level from any song with words. It resonated fundamentally with me, but only when my usual pretenses were dropped.

After that first true listen, I began to draw the song into my life, and they became intertwined and synonymous. Even as that friendship waned, I kept the song and carried it with me. It was with me during those cold hours spent away from company on a frigid night. It was with me during terrifying and yet liberating moments spent on dark rooftops, where tiny dots of starlight broke through both infinite darkness and the hazy artificial glow of the city. The sadness of life is an expression of love and can be warm and alive, even when the world seems like it isn't.


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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2012



8581 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

i love one song 5/5

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

KILL
March 11th 2012



67082 Comments


m/

jdennis31
March 11th 2012



6511 Comments


noob question, but what is tl;dr?

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2012



8581 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

too long; didn't read :]

jdennis31
March 11th 2012



6511 Comments


thank you kind sir

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2012



8581 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

you're welcome :]

also, little timmy's first post-rock album!! it's so life changing and stuff, honest!!

credit where credit is due though, your hand in mine is wonderful. shame the rest of the album isn't.

KILL
March 11th 2012



67082 Comments


:/

jdennis31
March 11th 2012



6511 Comments


yah, all i listen to now is your hand in mine and first breath after a coma, but one of my fav's for nostalgia

zxlkho
March 11th 2012



3424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah this is one of the best post-rock albums.

urnamz2longfixit
March 11th 2012



34 Comments


i love one song 5/5


hahaha exactly what i thought

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2012



48547 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah

Digging: The Hotelier - Home, Like NoPlace Is There

climactic
March 11th 2012



17255 Comments


fight me

feanaro
March 11th 2012



793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

priddy gud i guess

wabbit
March 11th 2012



6742 Comments


your hand in mine is wonderful. same the rest of the album isn't.


ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya ya

minty901
March 11th 2012



1913 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

your hand in mine is worst song. still a 4.5 though.

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2012



6248 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Most enjoyable post-rock album I have

Digging: Trophy Scars - Holy Vacants

feanaro
March 11th 2012



793 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

might want to try listening to some other albums then.

zxlkho
March 11th 2012



3424 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

>your hand in mine is worst song

holy shit are you kidding

Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
March 11th 2012



48547 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

1,2, and 5 are amazing
3 and 4 are okay


Scoot
March 11th 2012



17484 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

only really great thing they ever made



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