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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.Read more ›
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.)
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.Read more ›
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