Godspeed You Black Emperor! - Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven Kranky KRANK043 2000 By Russell Garwood The second full length release from one of the founding members of the Montreal post-rock scene, Lift your.. is more intense than F#A#Oo, and takes the sadness evident in Slow Riot For New Zero Kanada EP, multiplies it and extends it to over 80 minutes. If you are new to Goodspeed! this nine piece ensemble, creating harrowing and beautiful music in the communal loft they refer to as Hotel2 Tango, consists of: Roger Tellier-Craig (guitar) Norsola Johnson(cello) Efrim Menuck (guitar) Mauro Pezzente (bass) David Bryant (guitar) Thierry Amar (bass) Sophie Trudeau (violin) Aidan Girt (percussion) Bruce Cawdron (percussion) John Littlefair (films) All the above instruments, and more, are present in their music, as well as myriad samples, such as sermons from apocalyptic priests and street chants. As with much of Godspeed!'s work this album has a strong political undertone, and very long songs. A double CD (as ever from Kranky, beautifully packaged), Lift your.. features four tracks, all around the twenty minute mark, and all unique. The first CD consists of what you would expect from a Godspeed! release - samples, gradual crescendos, quiet guitar refrains and an overwhelming sense of melancholy, all done to Godspeed!s high standards. The second CD, however, is more a progression from their usual sound: more crescendos you think can never get higher or more substantial, then prove you wrong and finally fade off into noise. The songs are less apocalyptical and downcast, more nostalgic in places, opening with Murray Osril talking of his youth on Coney Island. It also features songs played originally for John Peels radio show. Lift Your is an album that will have you hooked after one listen, eating up a lot of time, but well worth it. In my opinion Godspeeds! best work to date, any fan should already have this, and if you are new to the band this is an extremely good first buy.