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This Will Destroy You “Another Language”
This Will Destroy You is another one of many boldly-named American post-rock bands that builds crescendos and climaxes off of slow-building instrumentals. If you’ve heard a single Explosions in the Sky record, you’ve pretty much heard a good portion of what This Will Destroy You has to offer. Though they moved into a more drone- and doom-based direction for their last album, 2011’s “Tunnel Blanket,” This Will Destroy You are pretty much back to basics for their third album “Another Language.” And that’s not to say that what the band is doing is bad or offensive or derivative. For those who are unfamiliar with post-rock, this could be a mind-blowing record. Most people’s first post-rock record is (mine was Explosions in the Sky’s “Take Care, Take Care, Take Care.”) But, as someone who’s heard a good portion of what the genre has to offer, “Another Language” isn’t particularly impressive.
Perhaps I’m being cynical and not taking into account the actual musical qualities of the album—which are pretty good and do depict a band that builds their sound with careful consideration—but what TWDY does is something I’ve heard several times and am not looking to hear again. When it comes to this style of “crescendo-core” as it’s called, there are essentials that I can listen to time and time again: Yndi Halda, early Mogwai, early Explosions in the Sky, some of Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s music… Even the album Alcest put out earlier this year was a step above most current post-rock albums. Unfortunately, This Will Destroy You is a bit far behind. In the scope of the genre, it’s phoned in. On its own, it’s a layered and at least fairly consistent record.
If you listened to this album and were blown away, then I definitely suggest you familiarize yourself more with the mid-to-late ’90s wave of post-rock in which a sea of instrumental bands became obsessed with the quiet-loud dynamics that early alternative rock and grunge bands so loved. That doesn’t mean that “Another Language” is a terrible effort or waste of time. It’s just average in its own right. I’ll probably forget about it. Compared to “Tunnel Blanket” it’s sort of a letdown. I’m not going to put it on blast or cry about it, though. Post-rock isn’t dead and TWDY isn’t awful. I was expecting more, but what I got was plain old okay.
SCORE – 5.1
FAVORITE TRACKS – New Topia, Dustism, Serpent Mound, Mother Opiate, Invitation
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