The Ascension

Glenn Branca - The Ascension
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
1981 Ratings: #8 / 121
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Based on 139 ratings
1981 Ratings: #1
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1981 / Release Date
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99 Records / Label
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EMR
83
The guitar maestro delivers his definite lesson, and contributes with the essential manifesto of the underground american scene of the 80s. This is a work of riot, but above all, a work of precision and mental complexity, crafted with layers and layers of guitar textures and minimal percussive lines. Yet the final result is so bright, vivid and thundering, it is unbelievable. One of the most important noise-rock albums ever.
morningsbell
90
who the fuck allowed this to be made back in the early 80s? completely unreal
fakeplasticrose
90
I don't know what I just listened to, but damn my perspective on music is changed.
ElectricMess
90
The dread that these compositions ("song" doesn't do them justice) are able to create is unmatched for the time. Glenn Branca was ahead of his time.
usedtobe
90
The debut studio album by the American no wave musician, this towering feat of experimental-ism and structured noise is radically avant-garde at its creation. A record best listened to on headphones, this is a fine piece of real classical electric guitar music rendered on tape. An undisputed classic.
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Added on: February 3, 2015