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Explosions in the Sky: Travels in Constants, Vol. 21: The RescueTravels in Constants, Vol. 21: The Rescue (2005)
Reviewer Rating: 3
Contributed by: danperroneDan Perrone
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It's got to be tough being the most popular post-rock band around. I mean, think about it: From a critical point of view, you need to do everything right; your music can't be too long, or else it's boring; it can't be too short, or else it's not even really post-rock; it can't be too much or else i.
It's got to be tough being the most popular post-rock band around. I mean, think about it: From a critical point of view, you need to do everything right; your music can't be too long, or else it's boring; it can't be too short, or else it's not even really post-rock; it can't be too much or else it's too difficult to listen to; it can't be too minimalist or else the song drags on, et cetera. That being said, Explosions in the Sky have the proverbial weight of the world on their shoulders whenever they release new material. With the mail order-only (through the band's label, Temporary Residence) new "mini-album," as the band decided EP was not indicative of the status of the material (after all, eight songs in 32 minutes is a regular album for most bands), Explosions in the Sky has made a rather ballsy move: None of the eight
songs reaches past 5:19 long, with much less rising and falling action, as
well as intensity, than the band's last true effort (not counting the
"Friday Night Lights" soundtrack), 2003's masterful The Earth Is Not a
Cold Dead Place.
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