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


5.0
classic

Review

by Nick Mongiardo CONTRIBUTOR (87 Reviews)
July 14th, 2013 | 37 replies


Release Date: 2003 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Beauty in a nutshell...

I will never forget something a girl said in my senior year math class. However, it was not because it was something intelligent and insightful. It was ludicrous and senseless. One of my best friends asked the teacher to put on Explosions In The Sky while we worked on our worksheets and she said yes. It was the first time I ever listened to this glorious band. While we were listening, this girl noticed that there were no lyrics and said that if the song has no lyrics then it is not a song. Not only was that a completely mindless statement, songs that contain no lyrics can sometimes tell a story even more than songs with lyrics can.

The opener "First Breath After Coma" could literally symbolize someone waking up and taking their first breath after a coma. The ambient sounds in the beginning are your eyes opening and when the guitar comes in, you spot your family. As the song builds and crescendos you begin to feel the love of everyone around you. The song has quite a story to tell without a vocalist ever muttering even one word in it. You get engulfed in the many sounds and guitars and impressive drumming. The musicianship is never fails to disappoint on this record.

You feel many emotions when listening to The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place. As the album title suggests, the five works of art on this album try to tell you that. “The Only Moment We Were Alone” is the part in the story that recalls emotions of love and contentment when you are alone with the person you love. You feel empowered when listening to “Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean” because as the music fills your head, you actually feel like you are trapped down at the bottom of the deep ocean. The song has a serene and touching nature that actually symbolizes the beauty of the deep depths of the ocean. You feel the sadness on the album when listening to “Memorial” and I could see it being played at an actual memorial. “Your Hand In Mine” is the highlight of the album and the perfect song to end on. It also symbolizes love as if someone is giving their vows at a wedding.

I’ve never cried while listening to a song before, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t say that I came close on this masterful record. It’s powerful, sad, empowering, and gives you a strange feeling of contentment I’ve never felt while listening to music. This masterpiece of post rock is the perfect example of how songs do not need lyrics to tell a story. Do yourself a favor: buy this album, grab your ipod, and go for a long walk doing the sunset. Experience beauty in a nutshell.



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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013


10852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Seems short and very tbt like but I sure hope it's good work. Any critiques are welcome guys!

Calc
July 14th 2013


12251 Comments


Best first sentence.

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Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013


10852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Calc

Tyrannic
July 14th 2013


3262 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

my math teacher didn't believe in gravity.

ADM20
July 14th 2013


48 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Actually, I would like to point out that if a song has no singing, it is technically not a song. It is just a piece of music.

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013


10852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I guess if you wanna get technical, but I've personally always considered anything with or without vocals a song.

ADM20
July 14th 2013


48 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Well, I could consider Lady Gaga a thrash metal artist, but that doesn't make it true.

jtswope
July 14th 2013


2368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gaga isn't thrash... shit.

Brostep
Staff Reviewer
July 14th 2013


3471 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love this album, will read the review in a bit. Would you like some feedback?

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013


10852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Definitely man.

YakNips
July 14th 2013


11964 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Great review.

I know a girl like the one that you described, she called it "elevator music"

Digging: Purge. - Sewage

climactic
July 14th 2013


19371 Comments


mehhhhh

Mongi123
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013


10852 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Yaknips Thanks. If this played in elevators, elevator rides would be so epic.

JS19
July 14th 2013


4331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Agreed fully but hell this did not need another review

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Trebor.
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013


50558 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

no but something literally isn't a song if it doesn't have vocals or is not made for vocals

JS19
July 14th 2013


4331 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Who gives a crap about technicalities?

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
July 14th 2013


7026 Comments


could this review have any more cliches lmao

Romulus
July 14th 2013


8443 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

"The opener "First Breath After Coma" could literally symbolize someone waking up and taking their first breath."

after a coma??

sixdegrees
July 14th 2013


17195 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

lets not jump to conclusions

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YakNips
July 14th 2013


11964 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

lol I love your humor six



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