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This Texas band evolved quickly, and recorded what would be their breakthrough, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever less than a year after 2000's How Strange Innocence, which was limited to 300 CDRs, produced to sell on the road. They then scored a major motion picture about west Texas high school football ("Friday Night Lights") starring Billy Bob Thornton and Tim McGraw and are now one of the most loved instrumental bands around. The original CDR's fetch over $200 on eBay, while a 300-edition vinyl version nears $500! This reveals a clamorous demand for the album among the band's legions of fans, so we're happy to accommodate. Temporary. 2005.

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"At certain points along the way, several of us wanted to buy back all the copies and burn them," writes Explosions in the Sky on their liner notes to this reissued debut. That's not a rousing recommendation, but an honest one from a group that three years later would produce one of the definitive post-modern guitar instrumental albums, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place. How Strange, Innocence was reportedly made in only two days and released as a 300-issue CD-R in 2000. It's as rough and ready as that might suggest, but the sound of EITS was already well-formed right out of the Austin electric guitar womb. The opening "Song for Our Fathers" with its languid rhythm and surf guitar reverb fits right in with their later work. It's not perfect. They hadn't yet become sultans of the slow build crescendo, and there are more muffs than any self-respecting musician would want frozen for posterity. Nevertheless, it holds up as a rustic artifact and songs like the opener and "Look Into the Air" fulfill their mission of mood. Even before they were providing atmospheric soundtracks for Friday Night Lights and recording minor symphonies of electric guitar twang, Explosions in the Sky already had a clear vision of their sound. --John Diliberto


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  4. Look Into The Air 5:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  6. Time Stops 9:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • ASIN: B000BCKFIY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,957 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Thaddeus Marcum on November 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I think this album is somewhere between a 4 and a 5. Not quite outstanding, but close.

Here's what I liked about this album:

#1. I'd call this cd a combination of what we heard on the Friday Night Lights soundtrack and what EITS put out on their other two albums. The crescendo isn't quite as apparent and is distinctly different in the way the band approaches it.

#2. I had never laughed when I heard a song before from sheer giddiness until I heard Magic Hours. WOW! One of the most sensational instrumental riffs I've ever heard. The closing segments of the song were amazing. As good as anything EITS have done before.

#3. A Song for Our Fathers: very dynamic work. One of the better EITS songs I've heard. It's almost otherworldly. This, along with Magic Hours, would be perfect songs for s score if they ever made a film about the apocalypse.

All in all, a very good album. Well worth buying.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jason on September 12, 2006
Format: Audio CD
This might be the least thoughtful of 'Explosions in the Sky''s releases, but it's also quite possible their most enjoyable. To be sure, it's the lightest, for with 'Those Who Tell the Truth' (their best album if I'm honest with myself) and the subsequent 'Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place', their intended effect is much more pronounced, and therefore drenched in sentiment. 'How Strange', on the other hand, is gleefully unpretentious and the result of such an attitude is oh-so likeable. Like the opener on the album, 'A Song For Our Fathers', the music basically melts into your cerebrum (opposed to your heart, which they strove for later on).

'Explosions' is not my favorite post-rock band but I still love 'em. Those who fell in love with these guys for either of the albums mentioned above should prepare themselves for the inevitable absence of polish and lacking performances (when compared to their evolved selves), but hey, it 'is' their first recording, and once one gets past these things, there is little to dislike here. It might not contain enough genuine ideas for the 50 minute runtime, but even in its duller moments it remains pleasurable for the pleasing ambience.

The more I think about it, 'How Strange, Innocence' might actually be the best EitS album to begin with if you're unexposed. Well, that or 'Earth...', which is probably even more accessible and immediately gratifying. Even so, that one is still a great deal more melodramatic, if sincere, and nothing after 'How Strange' gave off the smooth, chill soundscape that the band came to fruition with. Really, it's an entirely different beast than their progressing work, for better or worse -- I.E., excellent, just like everything they've written since.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Jass on January 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
So like most I baught this album when it was re-released. I was really surprised to read that EITS wanted to "take back all the CDs" and destroy them. That remark was extremely harsh in my opinion. However, comparing this to their two future releases i can kind of understand where they are coming from. This album was suppossedly made in two days (which is not a hard sell). It is a bit rough around the edges and the quality is lacking a bit.

So why four stars? Easy. If you were to listen to this before their other two albums it would knock your socks off man. And if you heard it, like myself, after purchasing the next two releases, you would be just as excited as me in the progress they have made. I love this CD. I listen to it all the time. The first song is something special. The basswork, which I thought could be improved in the other two CDs, is outstanding here. Man, what an awesome band. What a start.

If this is possibly your first purchase of this bands music, good for you. It only gets much, much better. If you have the other two releases and are a fan, you will enjoy. Thanks for reading.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By H.L. Wentworth on October 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Expectations were certainly high for the re-release of this album, EITS's debut album of 2000, and i was not disapointed. Every song on the album is solid, with each song averaging around 6 minutes. That said, this album is very different from the bands two other albums Those who tell the truth... and Earth is not a cold dead place. THis albums is composed of shorter, more accessible songs that are compositions in themselves, while with the other albums, the songs all fit together in one piece, more or less. This album is not worse or better than the other two, just different. Buy all three (five actually, including the Friday Night Lights Soundtrack and The Rescue, which is only availible on their tours)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By amitnaiz on October 17, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Explosions in the Sky's debut album, originally only released in extremely small numbers on CD-R, had been remastered and rerelesed, to much anticipation by fans. Ignore the band's self-doubt as written on the CD itself--this is a solid, amazing album. With less buildup/"explosions", EITS crafted a truly all-encompassing grandeur, and while this album feels less produced than their later efforts, it defintiely matches up with the more recent work. My only complaint is the less impressive sound quality. Standout tracks are A Song for Our Fathers, Glittering Blackness, and especially Magic Hours.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Logan Seguin on January 25, 2006
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I am fairly new to Explosions in the Sky, and i initially got "The earth is not a cold dead place" which is an incredible album, but "How Strange, Innocence" has become my favorite. There is a distinct sound that they really reach on this album that i find truely beautiful. Perhaps i just feel that this album isnt getting quite the credit that it deserves, for an instrumental band to convice the listener that words would only bring the song down, is truely an accomplishment.
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