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Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
CRITIC SCORE
84
Based on 17 reviews
2012 Rank: #13 / 659
USER SCORE
82
Based on
93 ratings

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CRITIC REVIEWS

93
Pitchfork
Pitchfork

An album of music that is both new and old from a band that we thought we might never hear from again, one we should appreciate while we can.

90
The 405
The 405

It only takes a few seconds of Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! to realise that GY!BE are back to do what they do best; making a glorious cacophony of ringing guitars, singing strings and ferocious feedback. 

89
Paste
Paste

It’s tense, it’s beautiful, it’s bleak, it takes the listener from point A to point B while leaving it up to us what the point of the ride is to begin with.

85
Beats Per Minute
Beats Per Minute

Allelujah! seems more immediate and more organic, but instead of feeling blown away by it’s unreachable drama and grandeur, with a decade of age behind us and the band, it feels inhabitable in a way Godspeed never has before.

83
A.V. Club
A.V. Club

Where previous releases have seen the Canadian outfit reach toward a clarity of emotion and execution, ’Allelujah! sounds muddy and muffled in its messaging.

80
Drowned in Sound
Drowned in Sound

For now, though, they’ve made a modestly magnificent record that entirely validates this reformation.

80
musicOMH
musicOMH

‘Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! rewards immersive, though somewhat uncritical, listening: a glorious hymn to the visceral and transformative power of sound.

75
Under The Radar
Under The Radar

Marrying an experimental-rock ethos with a symphony's scope, Godspeed once again offers a record that easily matches the intrigue of their album titles and covers. 

70
Tiny Mix Tapes
Tiny Mix Tapes

The new recordings are thrilling and arguably more direct than on GY!BE’s classic albums, but I suspect it’s not the new music on the album that makes this album an event; it’s the band’s re-emergence as a cultural text at this moment.

70
Consequence of Sound
Consequence of Sound

Allelujah! Dont’ Bend! Ascend! offers fewer catharses, fewer emotions, and fewer answers, putting more distance than ever between Godspeed You! Black Emperor and the listener.

User Reviews
SiberianBreaks
86
For their first album in about a decade, GYBE still has the great sense of emotion from their previous albums. The droning instrumentation is back and builds a fantastic atmosphere. Great comeback album.

Favourite tracks: Mladic, We Drift Like Worried Fire

Caleb
100
An unquestionably post-rock masterpiece!

75
This album only consists four songs. Two songs lasts 20 minutes, each. It feels like Ratko Mladic and his army drift you like worried fire with their helicopter sings and strungs like a light at thee printemps erable. Godspeed!

92
Ladies and gentlemen, Godspeed have returned.

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DETAILS

RELEASED: October 16, 2012
FORMAT: LP
LABEL: Constellation
GENRE: Post-Rock
WEBSITE: www.brainwashed.com/godspeed
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END OF YEAR LISTS
# 26 - Beats Per Minute
# 13 - Cokemachineglow
# 24 - Consequence of Sound
# 17 - Exclaim!
# 8 - FILTER
# 49 - musicOMH
# 9 - No Ripcord
# 7 - Obscure Sound
# 44 - Paste
# 36 - Pazz and Jop
# 12 - Pitchfork
# 16 - PopMatters
# 21 - Pretty Much Amazing
# 14 - SPIN
# 13 - Stereogum
# 40 - The Guardian
# 38 - The Line of Best Fit
Track List
  1. MLADIC 
  2. THEIR HELICOPTERS' SING 
  3. WE DRIFT LIKE WORRIED FIRE 
  4. STRUNG LIKE LIGHTS AT THEE PRINTEMPS ERABLE
Contributions By
royalflush, thisisabtlgrnd, patton
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Added on: October 2, 2012