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Luciferian Towers

Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Luciferian Towers

Sixth studio album from the Canadian post-rock stalwarts

ADM rating[?]

7.6

Label
Constellation
UK Release date
22/09/2017
US Release date
22/09/2017
  1. 9.5 |   The 405

    A grand statement beyond music, it’s still a functionally and otherwise dazzling work, one that sits nicely among the band's compositions
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  2. 9.1 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Less bold than their earliest and best work, but it bodes well for their future, and stands as one of the best albums of the year
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  3. 9.0 |   Exclaim

    Vital, vibrant, and necessary, "Luciferian Towers" is a stunning addition to Godspeed's storied catalogue
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  4. 8.3 |   A.V. Club

    The band still builds giant sonic structures with guitars, drums, and violins, stretching out into song suites that can last for 15 minutes or more
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Like many of Godspeed's albums, Luciferian Towers might seem bleak or funereal on the surface, but ultimately, it's incredibly optimistic and hopeful
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  6. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    In contrast to much of Godspeed’s back catalogue, which consists of the sort of music that soundtracks dreadful destruction and war from afar, their latest album is the sort to directly accompany a righteous, fearless march into battle
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  7. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    An instrumental psychedelic masterpiece that reflects our times without resorting to political bluster
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  8. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Godspeed You! Black Emperor's apocalyptic vision remains as relevant and powerful as ever
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  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    Album finds the band on nuanced form musically, as shown by an almost 15-minute-long instrumental
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  10. 8.0 |   music OMH

    It’s fair to say that there is not a piece of music in the GY!BE canon that sounds anything like as optimistic as the compositions here
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  11. 8.0 |   NOW

    A peculiarly gorgeous portrayal of our threatening political reality
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  12. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Back at their most spirited. Print edition only

  13. 7.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Ugly yet inspiring, a collision of opposing forces
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  14. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    The sound of Godspeed’s radical fury takes a sideline on their impeccably composed sixth album. It contains their most melodic and powerfully positive-sounding music to date
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  15. 7.2 |   Earbuddy

    Here, they say more without words than those that do
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  16. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    It feels there is still ground to cover to reach the end goal, and that is very promising
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  17. 7.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Now deep into middle age, perhaps Godspeed are slowing down a little, but their music and their rage remain undimmed and beautiful
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  18. 6.5 |   Under The Radar

    Godspeed continue to prove they are masters of fashioning sonic atmospheres, no matter how quiet, no matter how huge
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  19. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Orchestral post-rock across the barricades
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  20. 4.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    These tracks feel partially-realized, like demos that didn’t get wholly fleshed out
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