Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor's 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!'
Listen to the album -- the post-rock band's first in 10 years -- in its entirety
- Critic's Rating A-
- Readers' Rating C+
Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s new album “Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!” -- for fans in waiting for 10 years – succeeds not in its tightness, but where the bolts are loose and their joints feel flung everywhere. Given the space of five minutes or 20, they fill up the moments with large and small matter, for the listener to apply their own context and analysis as the band grinds, heavy-lidded, through the noise-making they love.
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