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You.May.Die.in.the.Desert - Bears in the Yukon [US issue] (Cover Artwork)

You.May.Die.in.the.Desert

You.May.Die.in.the.Desert: Bears in the Yukon [US issue]Bears in the Yukon [US issue] (2008)
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Reviewer Rating: 3.5


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You.May.Die.in.the.Desert's Bears in the Yukon seemingly slipped by everyone when it was originally released in 2006/2007, but fair enough one guesses -- the album was only out in Japan, after all. Here the US gets a crack at listening. The Seattle trio ride a line you didn't think was so fine be.
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You.May.Die.in.the.Desert's Bears in the Yukon seemingly slipped by everyone when it was originally released in 2006/2007, but fair enough one guesses -- the album was only out in Japan, after all. Here the US gets a crack at listening.

The Seattle trio ride a line you didn't think was so fine between Explosions in the Sky's atmosphere and Don Caballero's jazzy math-rock playfulness. In turn, Bears in the Yukon is a compelling instrumental adventure, topping out at a cool 35 minutes, and that's including a remix of the album's interlude.

In "Can I Get More Steel in My Monitors?", the band create mini rising and falling patterns that give way to bending notes, and then a bridge where most of the instruments fall away and begin to crawl back and assemble itself over the next few minutes. "Monorails" won't exactly have you picturing Lyle Lanley dancing and singing in Town Hall, but it's a more somber mood for the band and sets up the brooding, more cacophonous soundscape of the very active title track well. Normally, "Bears in the Yukon" sounds like it'd have made for a very complete yet modest closer, though that aforementioned remix finishes it instead in a cool fashion, tampering with the original song just enough to make it a sensible addition.

Bears in the Yukon doesn't always fire on all cylinders, but it definitely flares up enough to spark some wonder and light. Forgive the band's annoying punctuation and give You.May.Die.in.the.Desert's debut a spin.

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salsashark (July 22, 2008)

No.thanks.

Smithy (July 21, 2008)

Even without the punctuation, it's a pretty bad band name. However this review has interested me - I may have to check this out.

blanktapesemptybottles (July 20, 2008)

guy below me is right it's pretty cool makes me think off maserati's new album

osloboditelj (July 20, 2008)

The bad name disguises the fact that their music is actually great.

damnitsderek (July 20, 2008)

Awful name.

That is all.

threechordsandthetruth (July 19, 2008)

Didn't they know we invented a character for spaces between words? Boy, their faces must be red!

thomas7155 (July 19, 2008)

I've seen some bad band names, but this takes the cake.

KyleSv (July 19, 2008)

hahaha, i see their name on local flyers all the time and it just screams "don't go to this show, for the love of god."

pricey123 (July 19, 2008)

piss poor band name

Wesley_Snipes (July 18, 2008)

You.may.die.reviewing.this.album

You.may.die.listening.to.thi s.record

You.may.die.if.you.re.reading.this

clamum (July 18, 2008)

What kind of retard named this shitty band?

fortyminuteswesterberg (July 18, 2008)

Taste.the.sad.Michael

branden (July 18, 2008)

hilariously bad band name.

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