Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Best Albums of 2012: 4. Godspeed You! Black Emperor

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

There I was thinking that nothing could trump the comeback of Public Image Ltd, when this monster arrived to brighten up the dull Autumn days and convince me, among other things, that a release whose title contained far too many exclamation marks could still be good.

Although the two longer of the four tracks on here are actually ten years old, they still manage to sound complete fresh and better than anything put out by the many copyists of this much-imitated band have managed to achieve in the decade since.   Indeed, I'll stick my neck out and say that even the mighty Godspeed have never put out an album as good as this - quite a statement, and quite a band.

Mark W

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