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The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place

Explosions in the SkyAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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Hailing from the sultry metropolitan landscape of Austin, TX, Explosions In The Sky are some of the most sincere folks you will ever meet. Aside from being nice guys, they play some of the most passionate, powerful instrumental music you will ever hear. Equal parts romance and tragedy, their beautiful melodies have the tendency to ignite into head-spinning walls of noise. Easily one of the ... Read more in Amazon's Explosions in the Sky Store

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  • Audio CD (November 4, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • ASIN: B0000DJYME
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,038 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. First Breath After Coma
2. Only Moment We Were Alone
3. Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean
4. Memorial
5. Your Hand In Mine

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"...Austin's Explosions In The Sky are still the kings of post-rock meltdown..." -- Details

"This Texas guitar-theater quartet played one of the most amazing gigs I saw in 2003..." -- Rolling Stone

"Will kill anyone whoever had a heart, never mind those who already love FX-pedal pushers such as Ride and Mogwai." -- NME

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152 of 162 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars post-rock for lovers. February 12, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I feel my title for this review is very appropriate, but do not infer an incorrect suggestion. This is nothing like the asinine, cheesy music put out by new age artists who claim the ability to put its listeners into divine states of love and affection with sappy, pretentious synth pianos and ocean sounds.
This is truly beautiful. Explosions in the Sky is a four-piece (two guitars, bass, and drums) that gets lumped into the post-rock category, but they dramatically surpass the standards generally set for the idiom. They do the episodic build-build-build-climax-repeat formula like, say, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, but this music achieves something very different. The music is sparse and minimal with a genuine emotive power. The sparseness is present in the textural thinness (only four instrumentalists, remember), with guitars generally playing starry arpeggios with an empathetic rhythmic backing. With so much breathing room, the music fills the pockets of space left by bare instrumentation with simple emotional resonance that might not have prevailed with denser arrangements. The music is minimal not because it is in repetitive stasis, but because the song construction focuses on a collegial series of sounds development rather than linear evolutions.
Explosions in the Sky's first album was bleak with a glimmer of hope. Here, everything is brushed away and the beauty is fully exposed. Rather than describe each piece, I will just say that the music here evokes lovely images: spending time by the sea with a special someone, the earth in bloom, looking to the nighttime sky full of stars through a branchy canopy of trees, love & friendship, rebirth, etc. Just look at the song titles -- they have very fitting names.
Highly recommended, along with their first album, _Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever_.
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32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beauty isnt the word for this album October 5, 2006
By myles
Format:Audio CD
To be honest I can't think of a word that can explain the emotional link with this album apart from it being the most beautiful sound I've heard. For me listening to this album makes me feel emotionally confused but absolutely complete at the same time, never before has an album stopped me in my tracks as firmly as this one. My favourite songs on the album are "the only moment we were alone" and "six days at the bottom of the ocean" every time my ears are blessed with these artworks I'm am fixated on nothing else but them. I literally cannot communicate with anyone or anything I just have to listen to them intently. This album is not as experimental as "those who tell the truth shall die those who tell the truth shall live forever" but I feel it is just as good and the songs are put together impeccably well, with no song being neither longer nor shorter than it has to be. I love the pure, clean sound of this album and see it as light as the wind. The trance that this album provides is indescribable; I'm not saying if you buy this album it will have this exact effect on you this description is merely from a personal note. Either way I strongly recommend this band and album to anybody who is looking for a purchase, for you can have no doubt that this album is extremely well produced, written, recorded, thought out and sounding. Buy it, you will not regret your choice one bit.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, Minimalistic, and Sheer Post-Rock Perfection September 13, 2006
Format:Audio CD
It was hard for me to determine if this recording deserved a 4 star rating or a 5 star rating. I've been a prog fan for years but only recently did I get into post-rock material. I started off by listing to Godspeed You Black Emperor, A Silver Mountain Zion, and Sigur Ros. While impressed a times, I found some of their compositions kind of boring and repetitive after a while. I definitely wouldn't say these bands are "heavy rotation" bands in my music playback lists.

But that's where Explosions in the Sky are different to me. I find EitS to be more engaging. They eschew the orchestral intricacies and bombast of GYBE and aSMZ in favor of a more simplified approach. They use just the basic bass, drum, and two guitars to create their sonic landscapes. I think sonic landscapes is an accurate description. Each song feels like a journey full of hope and optimism. If you're a fan of technically difficult musicianship, this probably won't be your ticket. I wouldn't say any of this music is particularly difficult or challenging. However, their songwriting is utterly amazing.

As mentioned elsewhere, the songs do flow into each other without great distinction. Then again, this album plays more like a continuous soundtrack than a collection of individual distinct songs. As such, it is a perfect album to just sit back and let your mind wander where it will. Because of the sheer beauty and captivation of the music, I have to give this a 5 star rating because I think this album is one of the best examples of the post-rock genre and a great place for people new to this form of music to get their start. This is the kind of album that would appeal to people that aren't even fans of progressive music. Most highly recommended.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Magic March 14, 2006
Format:Audio CD
In the sleepy, isolated hamlet of Odessa, Texas, there's not much to do. In this part of the world, you can travel for miles and miles, and see nothing but miles and miles. While this kind of drab existence could drive some insane, it is thankfully inspiration for others. Explosions in the Sky perfectly capture that essence of sitting on your porch, and staring across a seemingly endless prairie, of beholding the sunset across this vast expanse of land. That feeling of sitting with friends on a warm summer night, and just feeling happy to be alive, even though you don't have a damn thing to do.

Like most "post rock" bands, EITS are very minimalist in structure. With 5 songs, each totalling around 10 minutes, the arrangements are huge and sparse, allowing the beautiful, sweeping melodies to breathe, and take hold of the listener. There's a not a lot of distinction between the songs. Instead, they all fit together, like one mammoth composition full of very gradual but undeniably exhilirating dynamics. It's also notable that as compared to many other post rock heavy-hitters, such as Godspeed You Black Emperor or Sigur Ros, they have a much more accessible and easily digestable sound. This means that you don't necessarily have to be a post rock fan, or even know what the hell post rock is to enjoy this band. And, while some may equate accessibility with inferiority, I personally think they're every bit as talented as the aforementioned (excellent) bands.

Simply put, this is some of the best instrumental rock there is. Pure bliss, that cannot be missed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great quality and a perfect album to doze off to! My fiancé loves it.
Published 8 days ago by Aubrie
5.0 out of 5 stars right on!
I chose this, based on intuition, as a gift for a serious vinyl collector and general lover of music. It shipped properly and according to him, sounded great. Read more
Published 1 month ago by thisgirl
5.0 out of 5 stars good one
This was a good product but package is not realy safe for vinly.this is realy good album ,I like it ,Thanks
Published 2 months ago by mcanag
2.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful notes, but too repetitive
Each peace always starts slow and quiet, then ends the same. Ther are transistions within each long piece that feel like songs changes. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Devilray
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
Explosions in the Sky are absolutely amazing background music for work or for anything. It has such a great way of being up and front and completely entertaining and fading into... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Brennan Phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Earth is not a Cold Dead Place
This album is PHENOMENAL!!! You can tell they put their whole heart into making this piece of…well it's not been music, ITS ART!
Published 4 months ago by John Yankauskas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
'Your Hand in Mine' is one of the greatest songs I've ever heard in my life. This CD is worth every penny.
Published 5 months ago by C.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Bold, Intimate and Profound
Absolutely amazing, profound music! Some of the selections are wasted on the tv series, Friday Night Lights. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Manny
1.0 out of 5 stars almost 2 years...
I ordered this almost two years ago and never received it. One of my friends played it for me and it was awesome. Read more
Published 7 months ago by calryon Gireach
5.0 out of 5 stars A very melodic and peaceful experience
A very melodic and peaceful experience. I've always liked this since I heard it in Friday Night Lights. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Endyo
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