New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges

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New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges
Studio album by Colin Stetson
Released 2011
Genre Experimental
Length 44:34
Label Constellation
Colin Stetson chronology
New History Warfare Vol. 1
(2008)
New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges'
(2011)
New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light
(2013)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
cokemachineglow (87%) [2]
InYourSpeakers (79/100) [3]
konkret (June 2011) "best album of the year so far"
LA Times 3/4 stars [4]
Pitchfork Media (8.2/10) [5]

New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges is a jazz album by musician/multi-reedist Colin Stetson. The album was released by Constellation Records in 2011.

The music on New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges was captured entirely live in single takes at Montreal's Hotel2Tango studio, with no overdubs or looping, using over 20 mics positioned close and far throughout the live room. It features vocals from musician and performance artist Laurie Anderson ("Judges", "A Dream of Water", "All the Colors Bleached to White (ILAIJ II)", and "Fear of the Unknown and the Blazing Sun"), and lead-singer of My Brightest Diamond, Shara Worden ("Lord I Just Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes" and "Fear of the Unknown and the Blazing Sun").[6]

On June 16, the album was named as a longlisted nominee (one of 40) for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.[7] On July 6, the album was named as a shortlisted (one of 10) nominee for the 2011 award. In Review Online ranked the album number four on their list of the Top 15 Albums of 2011.[7] Pitchfork placed the album at number 44 on its list of the "Top 50 albums of 2011".[8] In 2013, the opening track "Awake on Foreign Shores" was featured in the film 12 Years A Slave.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Awake on Foreign Shores"  –1:30
  2. "Judges"  – 5:13
  3. "The Stars in His Head [Dark Lights Remix] Bell Orchestre"  – 5:30
  4. "All the Days I've Missed You (ILAIJ I)"  – 1:15
  5. "From No Part of Me Could I Summon a Voice"  – 2:15
  6. "A Dream of Water"  – 3:35
  7. "Home"  – 3:12
  8. "Lord I Just Can't Keep from Crying Sometimes"  – 4:49
  9. "Clothed in the Skin of the Dead"  – 3:40
  10. "All the Colors Bleached to White (ILAIJ II)"  – 0:36
  11. "Red Horse (Judges ll)"  – 2:57
  12. "The Righteous Wrath of an Honorable Man"  – 2:27
  13. "Fear of the Unknown and the Blazing Sun"  – 2:42
  14. "In Love and in Justice"  – 4:53

References[edit]

  1. ^ Collar, Matt (2011-02-22). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  2. ^ Joel Elliott (2011-03-21). "Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges (Constellation; 2011) | Record Reviews @". Cokemachineglow.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  3. ^ Brandt Kempin (2011-02-28). "Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges". inyourspeakers.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ Matt Diehl (2011-02-21). "Album review: Colin Stetson's 'New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges' - latimes.com". Latimesblogs.latimes.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Colin Stetson: New History Warfare Vol. 2: Judges | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  6. ^ "CST075 COLIN STETSON: Judges | Constellation Records". Cstrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  7. ^ a b "2011 Polaris Music Prize Long List announced". aux.tv, June 16, 2011.
  8. ^ "Staff Lists: The Top 50 Albums of 2011". Pitchfork Media. December 15, 2011. Retrieved January 8, 2012.