Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Explosions in the Sky - The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place (2003)

This is an instrumental post-rock release from an Austin-based band. The band consists of three guitarists and a drummer and is a favorite among music critics. To me, its very innovative and minimalist, but the songs all have the same form: start soft, crescendo, suddenly drop out, repeat as necessary. It's good, but it starts to all sound the same so I'm usually ready for the CD to end after 3 or 4 tracks. I will say that if you are in just the right mood for this group's soundscapes, it's an enjoyable experience.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: Did not chart

Tracks: There's five tracks, none shorter than 8 minutes. I like the 10 minute epic, The Only Moment We Were Alone as well as Memorial (the most harmonically adventurous piece here) and Your Hand In Mine. Less successful is Six Days At The Bottom Of The Ocean.

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: This band wrote the music for the movie Friday Night Lights, so this CD makes me think of that movie. The band's style and writing is well-suited for TV/motion picture work.

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