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Godspeed You! Black Emperor's latest is based on hope

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Luciferian Towers
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Luciferian Towers
The liner notes for Luciferian Towers — the sixth studio album from Montreal’s fervent classical-pop ensemble Godspeed You! Black Emperor — list individual tracks like “Bosses Hang” and “Anthem for No State.” But the record actually plays out as a unified 40-minute composition based on hope. The first seven minutes, “Undoing a Luciferian Towers,” sounds like an orchestral tuning session for violins, guitars and keyboards, as it prepares us for the subsequent disciplined symphony. While the group’s music once was defined by dystopianism, the new album dwells in major keys and the unspoken message that “we are winning.” On their website, Godspeed You! make that position clearer, although it can easily go unnoticed on the recording itself. Lucifieran Towers may well go down in history as the band’s feel-good album. But even with new positivism, it can still be a mystery to decipher the message.
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