Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Yanqui U.X.O.
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Based on 7 reviews
2002 Ratings: #69 / 194
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2002 Ratings: #36
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As the first instance that Godspeed You! Black Emperor focused solely on instrumentals rather than incorporating field recordings of vocally based static radio broadcasts, narrations, or sermons, it is understandable that the groups third album moved fewer people than their two previous works. Those vocal snippets often unveiled themes of the album, as well as the members of Godspeed You!'s perspectives on the world, that may be lost otherwise. This makes Yanqui U.X.O. a far more difficult ... read more
Didn't hit me nearly as hard as Lift Your Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven, but I wasn't expecting 2 masterpieces in a row. What I wasn't expecting though was how much of a banger the final track is. Gets me pumped up. This album is purely instrumental, and despite it's lengthy runtime, it never bores me. Great stuff once again.
Yanqui U.X.O. may not be my favourite of Godspeed You's original trilogy of albums (hell, it's actually my least favourite), that doesn't mean that this should be dismissed. This actually clicked with me quicker than any other release I've heard from Godspeed You yet. After my first listen I knew that I was already in love with this, which is really refreshing considering how long LYSF took to really click with me.

While for a lot of the first listen this didn't grip me as much as F# A# ... read more
yanqui uxo is the third studio album from post-rock collective godspeed you! black emperor released on the 4th of november 2002, a little over two years after their masterpiece with the very long title, lift your skinny fists like antennas to heaven, that has slowly but surely become in my top 5 albums of all time. though yanqui uxo is not as phenomenally textured, beautifully crafted, and just all around amazing as lift your skinny fists, nor should it be, it's still a pretty great output from ... read more
After releasing two of the best and most influential post-rock albums of all time, where would a band go from there? In Godspeed's case, it's Yanqui U.X.O., which is very respected now, but it was quite decisive at its time of release. There are numerous likely reasons for this; it had the pressure of following up two amazing albums, the droning territory is much more excessive here, Pitchfork's opinion wasn't treated like a joke at the time, etc. There are still many long building crescendos ... read more
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Added on: October 8, 2012