Quick Review (LP): How Strange, Innocence by Explosions in the Sky

Explosions in the Sky
How Strange, Innocence
Sad Loud America; 2000

My Rating: A (86/100)

Best Tracks: "A Song For Our Fathers", "Magic Hours", "Look Into The Air", "Remember Me As A Time Of Day"

The humble, 8mm beginnings of the blockbuster post-rock instrumentalists.

  • Although their sound isn’t fully developed yet, "A Song For Our Fathers" shows that they know where they want to go in terms of mood.
  • They don’t sound HUGE  and GLORIOUS yet, but they sound more than competent, and their vision shines through.
  • "Look Into The Air" is gorgeous.
  • If I could rename this record, I might call it "Songs of the Noble Slacker."
  • I really love the elemental nature of this album. From the song titles, obsessed as they are with light, dark, sky, and time, to the music, all percussion and chiming guitar, each of the tracks here is like its own strand of thought, hard rock haiku if you will.
  • Landscape rock hasn’t sounded this good since Another Green World.
  • The first in an unbroken streak of brilliant and beautiful album covers.

Cohesion (5/5)
Consistency (4.5/5)
Concept (5/5)
Consequence (4.5/5)
Songs (4.5/5)