Godspeed You! Black Emperor Yanqui U.X.O.

[Constellation; 2002]

Rating: 3.5/5

Styles: post rock, instrumental rock, experimental
Others: Mogwai, Fly Pan Am, Tortoise, Rachel’s

For a group that has always relinquished variety for a consistent mood, you would hope that their third LP (fourth release) would throw something colorful into their monochromatic mix. But throwing a dog a blue bone means nothing to a dog; it's just a frickin' bone. That said, there are no blue bones on Yanqui U.X.O. But just as with most things in the world, you can only keep a sonic palimpsest for so long before the original ideas start to depreciate. Unfortunately, Godspeed's latest album exemplifies this notion perfectly. Where their previous outings were often predictable (slow build to a roaring crescendo), the interesting arrhythmic interludes and haunting taped voices kept things engaging. Yanqui U.X.O., on the other hand, dismisses both, opting for a more straightforward, raw sound. This approach cannot only be blamed on the songwriting, but also the production. But what do you expect when you take 20-minute epics pregnant with violins, orchestral swells, and bombastic instrumentation to an indie rocker named Steve Albini (Shellac, Nirvana)? The result is not very surprising. For those of you GY!BE virgins, deflower yourself with Lift Yr Skinny Fists or the Slow Riot EP, which are, in retrospect, very colorful; Yanqui U.X.O. is just much too faded.

1. 09-15-00
2. 09-15-00
3. Rockets Fall on Rocket Falls
4. Motherfucker=Redeemer
5. Motherfucker=Redeemer

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