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Explosions From Best To Worst

Whether or not you like post-rock, if you participate in Sputnik culture, you've heard of it. You can either revel in the great achievements of the genre, or dismiss it because of perceived monotony. One band that traverses the lows and highs of the genre is Explosions in the Sky. Here I will offer up my opinions on their 5 studio efforts (I'm not counting The Rescue since that was recorded in a week as an experiment). How would you have ranked these albums differently?
1Explosions in the Sky
The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place

This album is one of the pillars of post-rock. Unabashedly guitar-centric, the song-craft here is superb. TEINACDP is wonderfully layered and expansive, and it captures the essence of nostalgia expertly. On their 3rd effort, EITS wrote and recorded a snapshot of every uplifting moment you could ever think of. However, the one drawback is the slight sterility of the production, if a more visceral sound were captured, this could've been a 5/5 for me.
2Explosions in the Sky
All of a Sudden, I Miss Everyone

While this album does feel like "TEINACDP Part 2", EITS turned the focus on the darker, spacey moments of that part of their evolution. For that reason, this album has always stood out, even from the first listen. While this band never really showcase any brooding or ominous post-rock textures, AOASIME got really damn close, and it was awesome to see Explosions trying to diversify a sound that could've become stale at that point. It's not as good as their 2004 opus, but nevertheless it is essential post-rock listening.
3Explosions in the Sky
Those Who Tell the Truth...

An album that was given a false 9/11 controversy (perhaps that's how Explosions got big in the first place). Aside from that, it's a great leap from their debut, as the band write more complex and developed songs, even adding some great spoken-word sampling. At this point the songs were becoming more powerful, while retaining a slight trace of the innocence of the first record.
4Explosions in the Sky
How Strange, Innocence

Aptly titled, How Strange, Innocence, captures very well a child-like sense of being. A young sound from (then) a young band. This album was a great indicator of what was to come from one of the seminal post-rock groups. Opposite from the groups best effort, it suffers from lack-luster production, which is understandable, seeing as it was a self-released debut.
5Explosions in the Sky
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care

Of every album on this list, this is the one I advise against. While it's not really bad, it's not memorable in much of any way. It's the epitome of the negative stereotypes of the genre. It doesn't evoke any emotional response at all, and that's the whole point of post-rock. It pains me to say, but TC,TC,TC firmly placed EITS in the realm of washed-up post-rockers that have lost what made them pioneers (second wave?) in the first place .
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