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How Strange Innocence

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This Texas band evolved quickly, and recorded what would be their breakthrough, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever less than a year after 2000's How Strange Innocence, which was limited to 300 CDRs, produced to sell on the road. They then scored a major motion picture about west Texas high school football ("Friday Night Lights") starring Billy Bob Thornton and Tim McGraw and are now one of the most loved instrumental bands around. The original CDR's fetch over $200 on eBay, while a 300-edition vinyl version nears $500! This reveals a clamorous demand for the album among the band's legions of fans, so we're happy to accommodate. Temporary. 2005.

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"At certain points along the way, several of us wanted to buy back all the copies and burn them," writes Explosions in the Sky on their liner notes to this reissued debut. That's not a rousing recommendation, but an honest one from a group that three years later would produce one of the definitive post-modern guitar instrumental albums, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place. How Strange, Innocence was reportedly made in only two days and released as a 300-issue CD-R in 2000. It's as rough and ready as that might suggest, but the sound of EITS was already well-formed right out of the Austin electric guitar womb. The opening "Song for Our Fathers" with its languid rhythm and surf guitar reverb fits right in with their later work. It's not perfect. They hadn't yet become sultans of the slow build crescendo, and there are more muffs than any self-respecting musician would want frozen for posterity. Nevertheless, it holds up as a rustic artifact and songs like the opener and "Look Into the Air" fulfill their mission of mood. Even before they were providing atmospheric soundtracks for Friday Night Lights and recording minor symphonies of electric guitar twang, Explosions in the Sky already had a clear vision of their sound. --John Diliberto

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  • Audio CD (October 11, 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Temporary Residence
  • ASIN: B000BCKFIY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,190 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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