'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!

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'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
A blurred black-and-white photo of a building in the middle of a desert
Studio album by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Released 1 October 2012 (2012-10-01)[1]
Recorded 2011,[2] at Hotel2Tango, Montreal ("Mladic" and "We Drift Like Worried Fire") and the band's studio ("Their Helicopters' Sing" and "Strung Like Lights at Thee Printemps Erable"), mixed at The Pines
Genre Post-rock, drone
Length 53:09[3]
Label Constellation
Producer Thierry Amar, David Bryant, Howard Bilerman, Efrim Menuck, and Mike Moya
Godspeed You! Black Emperor chronology
Yanqui U.X.O.
(2002)
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
(2012)

'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! is the fourth studio album by Canadian post-rock band Godspeed You! Black Emperor, released in 2012. After re-forming in 2010, the group went on tour and silently released the album at a concert in Boston[4] on 1 October 2012, with official release dates on 15 October in Europe and the following day in other countries.[1] The album has received positive reviews and has been heralded as a comeback for the collective. The album won the 2013 Polaris Music Prize.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100 (34 reviews)[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
A.V. Club B+[8]
BBC Music Favourable[9]
Drowned in Sound 8/10 stars[10]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[11]
The Gazette (Montreal) 4/5 stars[12]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[13]
The Observer 4/5 stars[14]
Pitchfork Media 9.3/10[15]
This Is Fake DIY 8/10 stars[16]
Spin 9/10 stars[17]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[18]
Tiny Mix Tapes 3.5/5 stars[19]
The Skinny 5/5 stars[20]
Paste 8.9/10[21]
Prefix 8.5/10 stars[22]
Beats Per Minute 8.5/10 stars[23]
Popmatters 8/10 stars[24]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[25]
No Ripcord 8/10 stars[26]

Eli Kleman of Sputnikmusic stated that the album has "immeasurable breadth and depth" and is a "truly unforgettable experience."[18] Drowned in Sound's Andrzej Lukowski said that the release is "a modestly magnificent record that entirely validates" the band reforming.[10] Mark Richardson of Pitchfork Media also draws a connection between the group's entire output, finishing his review by calling this "an album of music that is both new and old from a band that we thought we might never hear from again, one we should appreciate while we can."[15] Tyler Kane of Paste gave the album an 8.9 out of 10, writing that, "the time-tested tracks not only showcase the band doing what they do best in notoriously long, dramatic, panic-inducing instrumentals but are also startling reminders on why the band was so vital and lead such a movement to begin with."[21] The Guardian's Dom Lawson gave the album 5 out of 5 stars, because "the Godspeed ethos of wordlessly eliciting universal truths is remains as devastatingly effective as ever".[13]

The album was listed 13th on Stereogum's list of top 50 albums of 2012.[27]

The album won the 2013 Polaris Music Prize on 23 September 2013.[28]

Track listing[edit]

The vinyl edition of the album packages the lengthier tracks "Mladic" and "We Drift Like Worried Fire" on a 12" LP accompanied by a 7" featuring the shorter, "drone" tracks "Their Helicopters' Sing" and "Strung Like Lights at Thee Printemps Erable".[3] On the 12"'s inner sleeve there are instructions regarding which order the sides are to be played as this differs from most vinyl albums. The vinyl tracklisting is, in fact: A1 ("Mladic"), B1 ("Their Helicopters' Sing"), A2 ("We Drift Like Worried Fire") and B2 ("Strung Like Lights at Thee Printemps Erable"). The CD edition of the album compiles all four tracks on a single disc.[3] "Mladic" and "We Drift Like Worried Fire" are re-workings of previously unreleased live tracks formerly known as "Albanian" and "Gamelan", which have been performed live as far back as 2003.[3]

Compact Disc
  1. "Mladic" – 20:00
  2. "Their Helicopters' Sing" – 6:30
  3. "We Drift Like Worried Fire" – 20:07
  4. "Strung Like Lights at Thee Printemps Erable" – 6:32
12" (A)
  1. "Mladic" – 19:53
  2. "We Drift Like Worried Fire" – 19:57
7" (B)
  1. "Their Helicopters' Sing" – 6:24
  2. "Strung Like Lights at Thee Printemps Erable" – 6:25

Personnel[edit]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor[29]
Technical personnel[29]
  • Howard Bilerman – recording on "Mladic" and "We Drift Like Worried Fire"
  • Charles-André Coderre – cover photo
  • Yannick Grandmont – photography
  • Timothy Herzog – "Atonal Canada" photo
  • Harris Newman at Greymarket – mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[30] 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Thiessen, Brock (1 October 2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor Return with First New Album in a Decade". Exclaim!. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  2. ^ Bevan, David (27 May 2011). "Reunited Post-Rock Titans Godspeed You! Black Emperor Currently Working on New Music". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Constellation Records: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – "'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!"". Constellation Records. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Young, Alex (2 October 2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor release first album in a decade!". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Godspeed You! Black Emperor Win Polaris Music Prize". Pitchfork Media, 23 September 2013.
  6. ^ "'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Retrieved 24 November 2012. 
  7. ^ Jurek, Thom (16 October 2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! | Music | MusicalWork Review | Music Review". allmusic. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  8. ^ Heller, Jason (16 October 2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! | Music | MusicalWork Review | Music Review". A.V. Club. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Clarke, Jude (19 October 2012). "BBC – Music – Review of Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!". BBC Music. BBC. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Lukowski, Andrzej (8 October 2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor – 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! / Releases". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 9 October 2012. 
  11. ^ Larson, Jeremy D. (17 October 2012). "Album Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  12. ^ Zivitz, Jordan (16 October 2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Album Reviews". The Gazette. Postmedia Network. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  13. ^ a b Lawson, Dom (18 October 2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! – Review". The Guardian (London: Guardian Media Group). Retrieved 18 October 2012. 
  14. ^ Empire, Kitty (21 October 2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! | Music Review". London: The Observer. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  15. ^ a b Richardson, Mark (15 October 2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  16. ^ Wright, Danny (15 October 2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! | Album Reviews". This IS Fake DIY. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  17. ^ Christopher R., Weingarten (15 October 2012). "REVIEWS: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!". Spin. Buzzmedia. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  18. ^ a b Klemen, Eli (5 October 2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 6 October 2012. 
  19. ^ Latta, Ian. "Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! | Music Review". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  20. ^ Watson, Ross. "Godspeed You! Black Emperor – 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! | Music Review". The Skinny. Retrieved 22 October 2012. 
  21. ^ a b Kane, Tyler (2012). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor:'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! | Music Review". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  22. ^ Fiander, Matthew. "Godspeed You! Black Emperor:'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! | Music Review". Prefix. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  23. ^ Bosman, Chris. "Godspeed You! Black Emperor Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! | Music Review". Beats Per Minute. Retrieved 24 October 2012. 
  24. ^ Ezell, Brice. "Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Music Review". Popmatters. Retrieved 16 October 2012. 
  25. ^ May, Thomas. "Godspeed You! Black Emperor - 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! Music Review". musicOMH. Retrieved 15 October 2012. 
  26. ^ Shulman, Alan. "Godspeed You! Black Emperor 'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! | Music Review". No Ripcord. Retrieved 31 October 2012. 
  27. ^ http://stereogum.com/1210661/stereogums-top-50-albums-of-2012/franchises/listomania/
  28. ^ http://polarismusicprize.ca/article/695/godspeed-you-black-emperor-win-the-2013-polaris-music-prize/
  29. ^ a b "Constellation Records: Godspeed You! Black Emperor – "'ALLELUJAH! DON'T BEND! ASCEND!" – Product Shots". Constellation Records. 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  30. ^ "GODSPEED YOU BLACK EMPEROR! | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 20 July 2013. 

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