Explosions in the Sky; All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone (EMI) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2007

 |   |  <1 min read

Explosions in the Sky: catastrophe and the cure
Explosions in the Sky; All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone (EMI) BEST OF ELSEWHERE 2007

Billy Bob Thornton has made some pretty bad movies, but among his best is Friday Night Lights in which he played a football coach at a small town in Texas. It is a wonderful movie full of small telling detail about dreams, promise denied and the expectation a small town places on its college football team. Thornton is a man under pressure as much as his players.

The film also boasts beautiful cinematography and gorgeous incidental music by this appropriately named band.

Their instrumental, mostly guitar-based, music has sonic breadth and a widescreen quality -- it feels as big as the landscape of West Texas -- but is also full of simple but melodic detail. It can be intense but equally, in the course of the same piece, it will pull right back and down to unexpected intimacy.

A couple of tracks here bring piano to the fore also.

The six pieces on this, their fourth album, move seamlessly into each other (you'd be forgiven thinking it was one long piece) and so the album has symphonic reach and intensity.

Very special.

Share It

Your Comments

post a comment

More from this section   Music articles index

Lindsey Buckingham: Gift of Screws (Warners)

Lindsey Buckingham: Gift of Screws (Warners)

Although he came to attention as a (very) soft-rocker with his partner Stevie Nicks in the days before they joined Fleetwood Mac, Buckingham was the one in the group whose music was the most... > Read more

Various Artists: Sweet Things from the Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook (Ace/Border)

Various Artists: Sweet Things from the Ellie Greenwich & Jeff Barry Songbook (Ace/Border)

While it would be easy to dismiss a collection like this by a cursory glance at the titles -- Gee, you just collect a bunch of Brill Building hits from the Sixties, right? -- there is so much more... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

OUT THERE; SCAPE PUBLIC ART 1998-2018 by WARREN FEENEY

OUT THERE; SCAPE PUBLIC ART 1998-2018 by WARREN FEENEY

For many years I have taken music classes at the University of Auckland in a lecture theatre which isn't that easy to find. So when I have guest speakers I tell them I will meet them on... > Read more

Bob Marley and the Wailers/Scientist: In Dub Vol 1 (Universal)

Bob Marley and the Wailers/Scientist: In Dub Vol 1 (Universal)

With only a few exceptions, these 11 BMW tracks dubbed up and down by Scientist are disappointing and in many instances surprisingly unadventurous. This collection originally appeared on-line a... > Read more