The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place

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The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
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Studio album by Explosions in the Sky
Released November 4, 2003
Recorded John Congleton
Genre Post-rock
Length 45:37
Label Temporary Residence
Producer John Congleton
Explosions in the Sky chronology
Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever
The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place
The Rescue
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (86/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
Austin Chronicle 4/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound 9/10 stars[4]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media 7.7/10.0[6]
SputnikMusic 4/5 stars[7]
Stylus A+[8]
Tiny Mix Tapes 4.5/5 stars[9]

The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place is the third album recorded by post-rock band Explosions in the Sky, released on November 4, 2003 on the Temporary Residence label. It is widely considered to be a concept album.


The album continues the patterns of the previous albums, with brooding, ominous melodies building into crashing climaxes.[citation needed] It has received positive reviews from critics, with a rating of 86% – or 'Universal Acclaim' – at review aggregation website Metacritic.[1]

From an interview on "Slice of the Shiny" Munaf said The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place was the band's "attempt at love songs".[10]

"Your Hand in Mine" was adapted for inclusion in the Friday Night Lights soundtrack, along with other original material written for the movie. The song was shortened from its album length of over eight minutes to just over four, and was embellished with string accompaniment. Parts of the song, especially the dramatic crescendo at 6:18, are used in Reliant Energy's series of radio and television advertisements extolling "The Promise of Power".[11] The song was used on The Weather Channel's Local on the 8s for July and August 2011.

"The Only Moment We Were Alone" was featured in the trailer for the 2008 film Australia. The song was also featured in the 2009 documentary film Love the Beast. It is also featured briefly in Michael Moore's film, Capitalism: A Love Story.

"First Breath After Coma" was used in a 2009 promo for sports television channels Versus, the Big Ten Network,[12] an Under Armour commercial, commercials for Bing, and in the outro of Toy Machine's "Good and Evil" skateboard video. It was also used by director Shawn Levy, in the movie Real Steel to make Dakota Goyo cry.[13]

The vinyl version of the album features etchings of birds on side D accompanied by the phrase "The Earth is not a cold dead place because you are breathing, because you are listening."

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "First Breath After Coma"   9:33
2. "The Only Moment We Were Alone"   10:14
3. "Six Days at the Bottom of the Ocean"   8:43
4. "Memorial"   8:50
5. "Your Hand in Mine"   8:16
Total length:


  1. ^ a b "The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place". Metacritic. Retrieved November 21, 2010. 
  2. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Allmusic review". Allmusic. All Media Guide. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  3. ^ Hernandez, Raoul (October 24, 2003). "Austin Chronicle review". Austin Chronicle. Austin Chronicle Corp. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  4. ^ Anonymous, Adam (November 12, 2003). "Drowned in Sound review". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  5. ^ Dave, Simpson (December 5, 2003). "The Guardian review". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  6. ^ Goldstein, Hartley (November 30, 2003). "Pitchfork review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  7. ^ SputnikMusic Review
  8. ^ Mathers, Ian (November 3, 2003). "Stylus Magazine review". Stylus. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  9. ^ Jean-Pierre (December 14, 2006). "Tiny Mix Tapes review". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved May 31, 2011. 
  10. ^ A Slice of the Shiny, "Interview with Munaf and Michael", January 22, 2007.
  11. ^ The Promise of Power, "Reliant Advantage", June 4, 2010.
  12. ^ "Big Life. Big Stage. Big Ten. Men's Basketball". YouTube. June 14, 2009. 
  13. ^ "Real Steel: How Director Shawn Levy Makes Actors Cry". October 5, 2011. 

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