Quick Review (LP): Take Care, Take Care, Take Care by Explosions in the Sky

Explosions In The Sky
Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
Temporary Residence; 2011

My Rating: B+ (77/100)

Best Tracks: “Last Known Surroundings”, “Human Qualities”, “Postcard from 1952”

Six more songs from the six song album guys

– Enjoyable, but I wish it was a little more explosive.
– “Trembling Hands” adds some adrenaline to the mix. Pretty cool.
– I had a hard time distinguishing this from the last one.
– Is it so wrong of the Explosions boys to essentially maintain the same formula each time out? I’d say its refreshing for a group of indie rockers to not strive for endless innovation, especially when the results are otherwise excellent musically. The reliability of their sound may in fact be one of the most appealling things about this quartet.
– Nothing on here is as good as “First Breath After Coma”, but then again that was one of the best tracks of the last decade.
– I like the handclaps on track 1. In fact, I was hoping that around the 3:00 mark the track was going to shift into a groove of some sort. It doesn’t, but that’s OK, I like it well enough anyway.
– That being said, I could do with some grooves as a counterbalance to the start and stop rhythms.
– They’ve added some new textures and are a little less obvious about being dynamic this time around. The album sounds great on a good pair of headphones. I’d say this one’s a grower.
– “Postcard from 1952” is some stately instrumental rock.
– Chris Hrasky’s percussion work explores some uncharted territory.
– Cool album cover.

– As always, I’ll put a big plug out to start with The Rescue, especially since it’s available for free. They started to chart some new territory here, but there’s quite a bit they’ve never followed through on.

Cohesion (5/5)
Concept (4/5)
Consistency (4/5)
Consequence (4/5)
Songs (4.5/5)