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  • Audio CD (August 28, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: YOUNG GOD
  • ASIN: B000T988EM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #78,856 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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We Are Him is the fifth album from Angels of Light, the main vehicle for Michael Gira's music since he disbanded Swans in 1997. Gira is also known lately as the label master and in-house producer for Young God Records, responsible for the likes of Devendra Banhart, Akron/Family, and Lisa Germano, among many others, further widening the scope and influence of his 25 years of music-making. We Are Him is a potent new chapter in a fiercely individual and remarkable musical journey. Backing/contributing musicians include Akron/Family, Bill Rieflin (Ministry, Swans, Robert Fripp, and currently drummer for both Robyn Hitchcock and REM), Julia Kent (Antony and the Johnsons) Christoph Hahn (longtime Angel and former Swan) and many, many more.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 1, 2007
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Fans of any of Michael Gira's previous Angels of Light albums will not be disappointed with his amazing new record. Personally, I found very much to like about the Angels tracks on "Sing Other People" and the split album with Akron/Family (who are wonderful in their own right, but that's another review), however, those tracks were not nearly as fleshed out and immediate as the blindingly gorgeous ones on We Are Him. Here, Gira has taken what he has learned and created with his collaborations with Akron and combined it with the devastating wall of sound approach he perfected on "Everything is Good Here..." I really don't know where to start on this one, because every song is compelling, and there are no weak spots, but I particularly like "Not Here/Not Now", "The Man We Left Behind", "We Are Him", "My Brother's Man", "Sometimes I Dream I'm Hurting You" and "Promise of Water".

I never for a minute thought, when the Swans were still together, or when Gira announced he had a new band, that he would eclipse anything he ever did with this new, completely different music. I would never discount the Swans, one of my favorite bands, but this is simply the case. I love the Swans on so many levels, but Gira has one-upped himself with Angels of Light.

Even if you've never heard of Swans or Angels, or are a fan of more mainstream stuff like Nick Cave (who Michael is easily on the same level as) or Will Oldham, you will enjoy this breathtaking record very much. It certainly means a great deal to me. BUY IT and support YGR!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Uys HALL OF FAME on September 8, 2007
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We Are Him is the fiftth album by Angels Of Light, Michael Gira's 21st century project after the dissolution of Swans. It opens with the uptempo Black River Song, then follows the heavy slow number Promise Of Water with typical Giraesque apocalyptic lyrics. One of the album's masterpieces is the melodious and flowing The Man We Left Behind, a mournful ballad. Here the band is in top form on a song comparable to the track Angels Of Light on the album New Mother.

Harshness and dissonance rule on My Brother's Man, whilst Not Here/Not Now has a complex arrangement with some atmospheric female vocals. Joseph's song is a mid-tempo track with arresting imagery and beautiful instrumental flourishes and is followed by the album's other highlight, the title track with its pulsating beat. Sometimes I Dream I'm Hurting You with its spiritual undertone starts out slow and oneiric before the tempo speeds up to a raucous 100kph.

There is an initially interrupted melody line in the short track Sunflower's Here To Stay which also has some great guitar and a bucolic air, like some singalong folky romp done by Fairport Convention. The instrumentation on the ribald Goodbye Mary Lou sounds like bluegrass to me while The Visitor is full of gravitas and the album concludes with Star Chaser, a melancholy observation on lost love. In its most tuneful moments, the music reminds me of the fogotten Swans masterpiece Burning World.
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