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by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

Released August 14, 1997 via Constellation Records

Reviewed August 9, 2022

Top tracks (based on community voting)
The Dead Flag Blues (60%), East Hastings (27%), Providence (13%)

Breaking free from convention, adding unadulterated amounts of atmosphere, stretching the limits of song structure, and intelligently leaving enough room to tell a story. Godspeed You! Black Emperor's debut record, F#A#∞, feels like the beginning of something never quite seen or heard of before. Maybe in small bursts, but not as fulfilled, realized, and performed with such notable efficacy. Their path down the hall of post-rock would well and truly be paved in gold in for years to come, with their debut setting the scene for days of dust and perennial judgment. Sink into the world of F#A#∞, take a deep breath, and feel the dust bite the insides of your nostrils. Let your lungs slowly fill, though never quite full. There's always more room for misaligned practices and shivering uncertainty. The creation of sonic spaces that birth their own principles and values has never been as succinct and stunning. Worlds of uncanny resemblance lay forth life's untethered, savage beauty. 25 years on, the train is still on the tracks, the clock is still ticking. Where are you going? – Peter (9.5/10)

Jared: 10/10 | Peter: 9.5/10 | Pax: 8.7/10 | Dominick: 8.3/10 | Cam: 8/10

Community Reviews:

This album does a perfect job of creating a dystopian and hopeless atmosphere that completely pulls you in. It does a great job of conveying a powerful message despite being completely instrumental (besides the spoken word passages, which also contribute greatly to the album). Listening to this album front to back is an incredible listen, I would recommend it to anyone. – u/scaled_bailed (9/10)


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