Release Date: 20 February 2007
Limited Edition two-disc set. Includes remixes by Jesu, Adam, The Paper Chase, Mountains, Eluvium and Four Tet.
After reshaping the post-rock territory with their last album, The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place, Explosions in the Sky are staking their claim to Mogwai's dark kingdom with an album that, despite being only six songs long, takes prisoner of your head and your heart.
Opener The Birth and Death of the Day erupts like a volcano, before, like day succumbing to night, the undulating rhythms and high, chiming melody fall to a twinkling calm. It's Natural to Be Afraid is an epic battle between fear and hope that ends in anxious optimism.
For the first time, the Texan four-piece have added piano to their guitar-heavy sound, which gives What Do You Come Home To? a rain on a window pane melody, and turns the parting of So Long, Lonesome bittersweet. It gives the band a completeness - and confidence - to match the beauty of their songs. The world is theirs for the taking.
- Betty Clarke, The Guardian, 2007