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This Will Destroy You – Another Language – 8.05/10

– Post-Rock has been one of my greatest discoveries of the last couple of years. Bands like Caspian, Russian Circles, 65daysofstatic, and Mogwai have shown me the beauty that can be drawn out in simple chord progressions and repeating melodies. They reminded me that songs do not have to be constantly challenging to be good. They just have to focus on the emotion. Case in point: This Will Destroy You. I had the luck to get into these guys right before they came around on tour. Seeing them was an amazing experience, and their first two albums continue to amaze me with each listen. So how does this one compare? It is kind of a combination of the previous two. The first album was focused on beautiful and lush chord progressions that took their time to build up and bring about a feeling of elation. Their second album was much darker and focused on more of a doom/shoegaze feel but also took its time to develop. This album brings about those beautiful tones and chord progressions of the first album with a heavier feel. The songs are shorter and flow through beautifully. The are more upbeat and the album just seems to move along. It starts off strong with some very rhythm focused songs called “New Topia” and “Dustism”. The third song “Serpent Mound” brings about a little down time before finally having a huge wall of sound ending. “War Prayer” is the longest song on the album and continues that driving feeling of the first two songs before the album loses a bit of steam with the ambient tracks “The Puritan” and “Mother Opiate”. However the album regains its momentum with “Invitation”, which is my favorite song of the second half of the album. Finally the album drifts away (in a good way) with the last two tracks “Memory Loss” and “God’s Teeth”. This album definitely sees the band moving away from the post-rock genre that they started out with and more towards a shoegaze style. Some of the big climaxes reminded me of what Steven Wilson accomplished on his “Insurgentes” album, where the songs would start with beautiful melodies before they seemingly got lost in a chaos. But TWDY does it in a way that is still more accessible to listen to and still sounds perfect for a movie soundtrack. Not only is this another great addition to the collection of work by This Will Destroy You, but this album has also opened new doors for the band to continue exploring sounds and redefining themselves as artists.

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