Red Sparowes - Every Red Heart... (2006)
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This album shook me right out of my seat when the first bass lines rips open. From there, I was completely entranced. I knew I was hearing a record of vast proportions, and having not been a huge fan of At the Soundless Dawn, I was pleasantly suprised to like this record that much more. A quick recap for anyone who would like to know: Red Sparowes is members of Isis and Neurosis, though that does little to describe their sound. While both thos previous bands have broke out the Post-Rock on their more recent records, Red Sparowes came fully formed as an answer to the black hole that Godspeed You! Black Emperor left in the instrumental world. And with Every Red Heart, its a telling sign that the shoes have been filled and actually expanded quite a bit. Now dont get your skirt all wrinkled, I am not saying that Red Sparowes is better than Godspeed. In fact, they are different, sharing quite a bit of the bombast that their parent bands are known for, but reaching farther and encompassing a variety of different sounds. Some are dark and foreboding, others are dusty and expansive, like hitch hiking through the desert as sand storms threaten to tear you away from your mission. The theme of political upheaval in China is merely a guide for a more consistent and larger view of the struggles we all face each and every day; to follow blindly or to choose how to live for ourselves. The track titles read as a poem, in which you can glean the basic ideas set forth for each song, though darkness and light are the most obvious feelings one might get from listening to these songs. There is no doubt though, Red Sparowes are in it for the win and we will see alot of bands try to top this record.