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All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone

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Known for bringing an emotional heft and sense of hope to a usually placid genre, Explosions In The Sky have experienced the kind of meteoric rise in popularity that flies in the face of music industry convention. Their songs are too long for radio play or commercial music videos; they avoid performing in LiveNation/Clear Channel venues; they didn't jump to a major label; and they don't sing. After scoring the film "Friday Night Lights", they took two years to work on this record, which is a massive leap forward, showcasing a broader instrumental range and their most focused, efficient songwriting. RIYL: Radiohead, Sigur Ros, Mogwai, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Mono.

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Sometimes Explosions in the Sky start with a whisper and end with a scream, but on "Birth and Death of the Day", they begin with a scream and proceed into a symphonic odyssey that Aaron Copland might have composed if he'd played electric guitar. Like Copland, EITS are cinematic, but with more kinetic drive than any film--except maybe Koyaanisqatsi--could match. Compositions like "It's Natural to Be Afraid" take you on epic journeys that roar like a Harley Davidson one minute and slip into taut contemplation the next, using the slow-tension build that EITS have perfected. All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone was produced by John Congleton, who has worked with lo-fi groups like the Roots and the Mountain Goats. That might explain why the album lacks the atmosphere of EITS's monumental The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place and their Friday Night Lights soundtrack. Instead, they rely even more on the arc of their compositions and the integral twin lead guitar lines that never solo but always drive the songs. They can shift from power-chord aggression to the sound of plucked mandolins in an instant. This is progressive rock for people who weren't even born when prog reigned supreme. It's the sound of King Crimson, transmuted through punk and grunge aesthetics. --John Diliberto
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  • Audio CD (February 20, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • ASIN: B000MCH54K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
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By Scott Louis on February 20, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Explosions in the Sky will always have a special place in my heart. "The Earth is Not a Cold Dead Place" introduced me to instrumental post-rock, and remains a gem of the genre. This Austin-based group has the capacity to make truly emotionally stirring instrumentals, and they can move me with a guitar riff the way few can with lyrics.

Their latest studio release, "All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone" is simply the next step in the maturation of the relatively unique sound of this band. The elements that made "The Earth..." so great are still here, and in droves. The guitars remain the protagonisits, with Munaf Rayani, Mark Smith, and Michael James at the helm. The melody is rarely held by a single instrument, and rarely, if ever, reaches into the territory of a solo. Often, all three will play distinct parts, with varied rhythms, that somehow manage to coalesce into a cohesive whole. Reaching, dreamy riffs that bend and collapse into themselves, often dueling between the right and left channels, serve as a propellant into reflective, sparse arrangements that ache with the energy that served to reach that plateau. Much of the intense energy found in their music can be attributed to the phenomenal drum work of Chris Hrasky. He seems to have an innate gift for knowing how to fill the entire work with a sense of longing, and yet having. Also, new to the Explosions sound, is the addition of piano work on the latter half of the record. I was taken a bit aback at first, but on several listens, the work would be incomplete without it.

The production is sparse, yet highly adequate. The record was produced by John Congleton, who is know for his lo-fi work, yet the album still twitches with atmosphere not present in his other work.
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You know, if there's one thing you can say about Explosions in the Sky, it's that they're consistent. While many may (and often do) lament the fact that they never deviate from making long, mellow, atmospheric compositions, I just really can't get enough of this stuff. What these guys do just really takes me to a better place, and I love em for it.

Now, praise aside, I will admit that this is not their best work. Compared to their previous material, especially the beyond-stunning "The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place", this is just a good album, not a mind-blowing masterpiece, and I don't think I'd have had quite the same initial reaction to the band, had I heard this first. The songs are a bit shorter, which I suppose could potentially make it more accessible to some, but at the same time, the melodies just don't quite draw me in quite like they have before. On "The Earth...", the songs are all in the 8-10 minute range, but they're so riveting and enveloping, I don't even notice. Here, they're more in the 4-6 minute range, and they don't quite feel like they have as much time to unfold, and really do their thing. But make no mistake, the mesmerizing guitar melodies are still very much there. Plus, there are a few surprises, such as some slightly louder moments of distortion here and there, as well as some very nice piano, which fits in perfectly.

Overall, I'd recommend this album to fans, but not to newcomers. It's very good, but they've done better. Check out their early albums first, and then you'll decide if you want this. But chances are, you probably will.

(Oh, and great cover art, as well. I'm a sucker for cool packaging.)
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Firstly, this is a fantastic post rock album. Beautiful, delicate, and emotionally driving. If you want to hear more about it, I suggest reading reviews from professional sites. I highly recommend buying it in some capacity.

HOWEVER, AS A WARNING TO ALL LOOKING TO PURCHASE THE VINYL. The vinyl version of this album is an absolutely terrible pressing; this seems to be a problem on every record copy of All Of A Sudden. The first side crackles quite loudly, which is pretty annoying during the quieter and emotional moments in these songs. As well, there looks to be scuffing or smudging that is on the album itself. The second side suffers from these same problems, though to a lesser extent. The third side is the worst however; there is a ridiculous amount of surface noise, the crackling is still there, and there is what appears to be scratching in the runout straight out of the package. The piano during "What Do You Go Home To" also sounds quite awful; there is distortion when it reaches into the higher notes, a common problem with piano on overly compressed recordings like this. If you can look past these flaws, it is worth owning, as it is the band's best album. It is also worth noting that the paper sleeves these records come in are incredibly thin; mine arrived with a small split beginning to form on the right side on the first one with the other sides on both sleeves threatening to do so.

I am not trying to turn you off of buying this album if you prefer records over CDs or MP3s like me; there is still a bunch of cool stuff to the record version, like the gatefold sleeve, the gorgeous artwork, and especially the etching of the album's cover on the D side. I am however warning that if you are a huge audiophile, avoid this pressing.
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