Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s magnum opus is among the most respected post-rock albums of all time for good reason. At times it is glacially slow, and at other times it moves with an energy rarely heard in music. The crescendos are beautiful and the sparse vocals are haunting. Of the many apocalyptic post-rock albums out there, none loom quite as large as this one.
The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place is refreshingly succinct post-rock. As its title suggests, it’s optimistic—a departure from some of the more apocalyptic offerings that are frequently cited on “best of” lists. At times, it skirts close to the cliches of “inspirational soundscapes.” It is a remarkable achievement that the album does this without fully succumbing to those cliches.