Album Title - G_d's Pee AT STATE'S END!
Artist - Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Release Date - 2/4/21
Rating - 7.5/10
Beautiful and gritty, slow paced post-rock minimal maximalism at its finest. A stunning retrospective of the systemic failures of "all current forms of governance" and an album split between waiting for an end and waiting for a beginning. This seemingly contradictory state is highlighted by the seemingly contradictory music on the album. Essentially written in two halves, one shows great darkness and dissent, while the other shows great hope and infinite beauty. The use of fragmented radio broadcasts, soundscapes, and field recordings beautifully frame many of the pieces in the album here.
While this album can be seen as a piece of two contrasting halves, it still ultimately comes across cleanly as one true voice. A voice of anger and peace, of sadness and joy, hope and despair, the sublime in all forms. "Inside every cynical person is a disappointed idealist," said George Carlin, and this album has a very similar voice, and this is most definitely a voice shared by many people around the world today. Waiting for the end, and waiting for the beginning, simultaneously.
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