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Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada [Vinyl]

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  • Vinyl (December 21, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Constellation Records/Ada
  • ASIN: B00004WORQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,376 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Grand melodies abound throughout the song, resulting in an epic, symphonic sweep that few can match.
Wheelchair Assassin
Here we find less of GYBE's drama and more of their skill to arrangement words and music such that the effect is perhaps more dramatic than their most dramatic works.
Lydia C. Wilkes
This is one of those album were the music is so good, it is almost like you had written it yourself.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Justin Tomlinson on November 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
If you are one of those people constantly, hungrily on the lookout for music that doesn't sound like everything else -- and you know who you are -- then you need this disc, period. It's a gem that will hold its own special place in your collection. It works on so many levels that regardless of your specific set of tastes, it's virtually guaranteed to fit in somehow, while not really overlapping anything else.
Even if you usually listen to fairly mainstream music, this one is worth branching out for. Oddly enough, for all of its complexity and edginess, this EP is remarkably easy to listen to, and it doesn't need to be listened to over and over before it becomes enjoyable (even though it certainly does bear up well under repeated listening). Put on a pair of good headphones where you won't be bothered by anyone, and just let yourself drift away.
In these two tracks, totalling about 25 minutes, GYBE creates a sweeping, textured, atmospheric musical journey. Slow rumbling tension builds into cathartic crescendos, only to break down again into mournful, pulsating echoes, swirling slowly around a core of raw musical power, winding it up until it is ready to erupt again. Classical instruments combine with rock, while eschewing the musical forms of either. On the second track, the music is interwoven with segments of what seems to be an interview with an anti-government militant. The rants and lectures (which are either disturbing, disturbed, or both, depending on your viewpoint) come and go, rising and falling, waltzing with the accompanying music, pulling together threads of fear, anger, beauty and majesty -- melancholy whimpers and triumphant explosions, all intertwining to create a musical experience that is rich, haunting, unique, satisfying, and perhaps somewhat demented.
GYBE is a genuine breath of fresh air in the current music scene. This is music that needs to be heard. In a word, it's irreplaceable.
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28 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Robert Beveridge HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 24, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Godspeed You Black Emperor!, Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada (Kranky, 1999)

Godspeed You Black Emperor! Have been around for a few years now, turning out classical-pop crossover material in relative obscurity and building themselves a small but rabid fan base. The band's aversion to publicity of any sort (motivated not by affectation so much as a deeply left-wing anarchic bent in the Montreal collective that spawned this nine-piece, who go so far as to not even reveal their last names in most cases) has kept them from the audience they fully deserve for their style of music, especially in these days when Cecilia Bartoli is a superstar even in America and Sarah Brightman and Michael Ball are cutting platinum records left and right. There is a great untapped market for pop-informed classical music, and that is exactly what GSYBE! And their legion of spinoffs do. And they haven't done it anywhere any better to date than on the EP Slow Riot for New Zero Kanada.

As with most GSYBE! releases, the number of tracks on the disc is small (two, in this case); unlike most GSYBE! releases, the tracks aren't divided up into smaller pieces. "Moya" and "BBF3" are single, fully-realized long works. This has the effect of giving the EP a greater feeling of unity then other GSYBE! discs; you know you're still listening to the same song at the end of the track that you were at the beginning.

What makes the music stand out from the crowd, aside from the obvious conceit that very few pop bands use the violin and cello as front-row instruments, is the band's incredible sense of dynamic. As with some of the best classical music, often the same phrase crops up again and again in a piece, with only a change in dynamic to keep things fresh. And it never fails here.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wheelchair Assassin on September 28, 2003
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Of all the CD's in my vast and ever-expanding collection, "Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada" may well provide the best "mood music." Blurring the lines between rock and the symphony, instrumental ensemble Godspeed You Black Emperor prove that modern music doesn't need vocals to be powerful and evocative. This music is intense, darkly emotive and always brilliantly crafted and played. In less than half an hour, "Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada" displays more power than 99 percent of the bands on the radio will in their whole careers.
The opener "Moya" may start out as a slow and minimal string-driven song, but that doesn't last long. It soon evolves into an incredibly dense, cathartic soundscape, with new instruments entering the fray until they build to a thunderous crescendo. Although this music is largely orchestral and genuinely pretty, make no mistake: these guys can rock. Hard-hitting drums and piercing guitars join with the exquisite strings to create mammoth swells of eerie orchestration. Grand melodies abound throughout the song, resulting in an epic, symphonic sweep that few can match.
The second track, "BBF3," may be even more entrancing. This song doesn't have any vocals, but it does introduce some words in the form of a paranoid rant interspersed with the music. Rather than becoming a distraction, however, the dialogue only serves to add to the song's already dramatic air. Not that GYBE need much help in creating drama: "BBF3" exploits tension and dynamics in a manner that would make Mogwai proud. Quiet, subdued passages build anticipation before giving way to full-on onslaughts that may actually make you bang your head.
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