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Godspeed You! Black Emperor


Seventh studio album from the Canadian post-rock stalwarts produced by The Besnard Lakes guitarist Jace Lasek

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  1. 10.0 |   NME

    The Montreal experimentalists have bottled our turbulent moment with an idiosyncratic slab of noise that gives way to moments of pristine beauty
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  2. 9.0 |   Northern Transmissions

    The themes within all their compositions are ever-present and perhaps more important than ever at this moment in time
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  3. 8.5 |   Spectrum Culture

    Blending their current level of sophistication with some of their earliest stylistic flourishes, GY!BE shows how far they’ve come by returning to where they started
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  4. 8.3 |   Consequence Of Sound

    A collective emotional discharge that both the band and fans desperately needed
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  5. 8.1 |   Pitchfork

    For a quarter-century, the Canadian chamber ensemble has made hold music for awaiting a revolution. Suddenly, on their seventh album, they sound hopeful it could come
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  6. 8.0 |   Paste Magazine

    The enigmatic Canadian band’s seventh album offers a ray of hope alongside its brooding post-rock
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  7. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    STATE’S END! is another wonderful chapter in a book we hope will continue to be writ for years.
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  8. 8.0 |   The Quietus

    It’s sombre, yes, but it’s also calm and reflective – a moment to pause and consider where those of us opposed to the systems that have created our current crises go from here
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  9. 8.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    At heart, there isn’t anything profoundly new for the band on G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END, but truthfully, there’s still no other rush out there like it. For ardent Godspeed fans, it’s the perfect fix, and for the uninitiated, it’s as good a starting place as any
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  10. 8.0 |   The FT

    The Montreal band respond to our apocalyptic times with the atmospheric ‘G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END!’
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  11. 8.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Godspeed continue to perform with a bold and alluring command and unlike their peers, a majority of their output lands on a much wider scale
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  12. 8.0 |   The Observer

    With global events confirming their long-held worldview, the Canadian prophets of doom sound angrier, sadder and more beautiful than ever
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  13. 8.0 |   All Music

    The rousing final section is unexpectedly cheerful, and easily the most ecstatically triumphant music GY!BE have ever made, soaring upward and ending with the loud, victorious clanging of bells
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  14. 8.0 |   Beats Per Minute

    The four tracks on G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! share a sense of triumphalism brought about by the communion of music. The album soundtracks the end times, whilst offering glimpses of hope
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  15. 8.0 |   Kerrang!

    Resisting social media and releasing just two grainy press shots in a quarter of a century, Godspeed remain wary of the mainstream. But as the world spins inexorably towards tipping point, they’ve never sounded as central to their times
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  16. 8.0 |   Clash

    Twenty-seven years on from their formation, their ability to convey the spectrum of both emotional and political feeling through the raw power of music remains unparalleled
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  17. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    A perfect soundtrack for these strange times
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  18. 8.0 |   Uncut

    It finds its sound in glowing electric waltzes, piled high with massed guitars and sawing fiddles, that take up a riff and grind it into extinction. Not to be missed, though, is their skill for softer atmospheres. Print edition only

  19. 8.0 |   Mojo

    For all their uncompromis- ing aversion to the mainstream, this remains far from forbid- ding music, with an orches- trated heft that’s as close to Ennio Morricone as it is Glenn Branca. Print edition only

  20. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    G_d’s Pee AT STATE’S END! might follow a certain well worn path but still sounds magnificent, especially at volume, pulling you in like a rip tide
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  21. 7.0 |   Exclaim

    As always, the band are at the height of their powers when at their most emotively rousing
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  22. 6.0 |   The Arts Desk

    To say it's not even remotely commercial would be something of an understatement
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  23. 5.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    This may be a Godspeed You! Black Emperor album from top to tail, but tradition dictates that neither of these should have been anywhere near the top of its cathartic takeaway pile. Someone had blundered
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