Explosions in the Sky, 'Take Care. Take Care. Take Care.' (Temporary Residence)

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Take Care. Take Care. Take Care.
Critical Mass
Release Date: April 26, 2011
Label: New West

by Josh Modell

It's no slight to call these Austin instrumentalists "soundtrack-y" -- they did, after all, blow up after creating incidental music for the Friday Night Lights film and TV show. And though it's unusual that incremental, voiceless, hold-your-breath compositions -- played largely on guitars and drums -- can pack big venues, their fifth album's gorgeously towering moments ("Human Qualities") seem boundless. With subtle sonic shifts (such as chanting on the almost-poppy "Trembling Hands"), the songs are reliably dynamic, turning hushed beats and lightly scratched guitar into overwhelming drama.

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