Apr.25, 2011 in Album Reviews
Explosions In The Sky, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care, Temporary Residence
Say what you will about Explosions in the Sky, but fans of post-rock know that the band has done more than any other band in their genre to raise the visibility of loud-soft dynamic rock instrumentals, and that they do it better than just about anyone. Television music programmers have taken note of EITS’s successful and breathtaking Friday Night Lights accompaniment, and now Romance of Young Tigers and This Will Destroy You are collecting a royalty payment from Teen Mom and Grey’s Anatomy. While the commercialization of instrumental post-rock is a bit alarming for genre diehards, it has done little to deter EITS from pounding the skins and stomping their delay pedals as they always have. While it has been four years since Explosion in the Sky’s All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone, Take Care, Take Care, Take Care isn’t going to offer many surprises for fans of the group. This shit sparkles, shimmers and shines with the same trembling and climactic power the band has always had. And there isn’t a single misstep on TC, TC, TC. In fact, the album offers some of EITS’s most powerful music to date (see the final moments of “Human Qualities” or “Trembling Hands”). When you have a drummer as confident and muscular as Chris Hrasky (did you see him on Austin City Limits – simply incredible), who swings for the rafters from beat one (in this case “Last Know Surroundings”), and guitarists capable of teasing a sweatpant boner from even the most skeptical and cynical of scenesters, you’ve got a pretty darn solid business model. EITS have a monopoly on thrilling, goosebumps conjuring, jaw-dropping instrumental post rock composition and it appears they don’t intend to change anytime soon.
Recommended For Fans Of: Mogwai, This Will Destroy You, Godspeed You! Black Emperor