The Ascension (Glenn Branca album)

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The Ascension
Studio album by Glenn Branca
Released 1981
Genre no wave, modern classical, post-rock, totalism[1]
Length 42:17
Label 99 Records
Glenn Branca chronology
Lesson No. 1
The Ascension
Indeterminate Activity of Resultant Masses
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B[3]
NME 9/10[4]
Pitchfork Media 10/10[5]
Tiny Mix Tapes favorable[6]

The Ascension is the second studio album by American no wave musician Glenn Branca, released in 1981 by 99 Records.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Glenn Branca, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Lesson No. 2"   Glenn Branca, Jeffrey Glenn, Stephan Wischerth 4:59
2. "The Spectacular Commodity"     12:41
3. "Structure"     3:00
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Light Field (In Consonance)"   8:17
2. "The Ascension"   13:10



  1. ^ Kyle Gann (January 1, 2006). "Totalism as a New Rhythmic Paradigm". Arts Journal. Retrieved October 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Olewnick, Brian. The Ascension (Glenn Branca album) at AllMusic
  3. ^ Robert Christgau review
  4. ^ NME review
  5. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  6. ^ Tiny Mix Tapes review