🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Explosions In The Sky

Right then, on with the next 250…

A reminder of the current state of play:

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Nina Simone 4.57
A Tribe Called Quest 4.56
Kraftwerk 4.50
Neil Young 4.48
Miles Davis 4.42
Alice Coltrane 4.42
Talking Heads 4.39
R.E.M. 4.38
John Coltrane 4.37
Beastie Boys 4.36
Otis Redding 4.34
The Velvet Underground 4.33
The Temptations 4.32
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.30
Leonard Cohen 4.30
The Cure 4.28
Boards Of Canada 4.28
Björk 4.27
Mogwai 4.24
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds 4.22
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Fugazi 4.21
Tom Waits 4.20
Johnny Cash 4.19
Aphex Twin 4.18
PJ Harvey 4.17
Stevie Wonder 4.17
Four Tet 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Joy Division 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Pavement 4.12
The Four Tops 4.12
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Cocteau Twins 4.11
Orbital 4.11
Nick Drake 4.10
De La Soul 4.10
The Stooges 4.10
Elliott Smith 4.09
Yo La Tengo 4.09
Pulp 4.08
Public Enemy 4.08
Sonic Youth 4.08
Sleater-Kinney 4.08
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Super Furry Animals 4.03
Black Sabbath 4.03
Simon & Garfunkel 4.02
Joanna Newsom 4.02
Mclusky 4.02
MF DOOM 4.01
Sufjan Stevens 4.01
The Knife 4.01
My Bloody Valentine 4.01
Run The Jewels 4.00
Sharon Van Etten 4.00
New Order 3.99
Bob Dylan 3.97
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Wilco 3.97
Low 3.96
Robyn 3.96
Grandaddy 3.96
The Beach Boys 3.93
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Sigur Rós 3.93
LCD Soundsystem 3.92
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Janelle Monáe 3.89
Frank Ocean 3.86
Spiritualized 3.85
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
Deftones 3.84
Future Of The Left 3.84
Siouxsie & The Banshees 3.83
Underworld 3.82
The Kinks 3.82
At The Drive-In 3.82
Guided By Voices 3.82
Deerhunter 3.81
Fucked Up 3.80
Run-D.M.C. 3.78
The Clash 3.77
Dolly Parton 3.77
Pet Shop Boys 3.76
Modest Mouse 3.76
Blondie 3.73
Bright Eyes 3.71
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
Nine Inch Nails 3.70
The National 3.68
Paul Simon 3.68
M.I.A. 3.68
The Ramones 3.67
Spacemen 3 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Solange 3.65
Arcade Fire 3.64
Mercury Rev 3.63
Blur 3.61
The Magnetic Fields 3.61
N.W.A. 3.61
Beck 3.59
Elvis Costello 3.59
The Smiths 3.57
Beyoncé 3.54
Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3.54
Eels 3.52
Carly Rae Jepsen 3.51
Roxy Music 3.51
Daft Punk 3.50
The Chemical Brothers 3.49
Jimmy Eat World 3.49
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Teenage Fanclub 3.47
The Flaming Lips 3.46
Hot Chip 3.44
Bon Iver 3.43
Idlewild 3.42
The Fall 3.42
George Michael 3.41
Madonna 3.40
Manic Street Preachers 3.39
Fleetwood Mac 3.39
Queens Of The Stone Age 3.39
Big Thief 3.39
The Postal Service 3.38
The Notorious B.I.G. 3.37
TV On The Radio 3.37
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The White Stripes 3.34
Supergrass 3.32
Dr. Dre 3.32
Hole 3.31
Squarepusher 3.31
Iggy Pop 3.31
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.30
Suede 3.30
Steely Dan 3.29
Elton John 3.28
The Pogues 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
The Specials 3.26
Vampire Weekend 3.26
Doves 3.26
Death Cab For Cutie 3.24
Laura Marling 3.24
James Brown 3.23
Sugababes 3.22
Thin Lizzy 3.22
Hall & Oates 3.21
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Ash 3.16
The Streets 3.16
Pink Floyd 3.15
Pearl Jam 3.15
Taylor Swift 3.14
Jay-Z 3.14
Arctic Monkeys 3.14
Goldfrapp 3.14
Gorillaz 3.13
Interpol 3.12
TLC 3.12
Lana Del Rey 3.11
Los Campesinos! 3.10
The Rolling Stones 3.09
Iron Maiden 3.06
Placebo 3.06
The Charlatans 3.06
Destiny’s Child 3.05
Primal Scream 3.04
The Divine Comedy 3.04
Everything Everything 3.04
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
AC/DC 3.00
The Bee Gees 2.99
Weezer 2.97
Grimes 2.96
Garbage 2.96
Amy Winehouse 2.95
Girls Aloud 2.93
Frank Sinatra 2.92
2Pac 2.91
Elbow 2.91
The Stone Roses 2.90
The Doors 2.89
Franz Ferdinand 2.89
The Mars Volta 2.89
Ariana Grande 2.88
Tool 2.88
Lizzo 2.86
Belle And Sebastian 2.85
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Madness 2.80
Slipknot 2.80
The Jam 2.75
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Miley Cyrus 2.73
Oasis 2.71
Whitney Houston 2.69
The Verve 2.67
Slayer 2.65
The Sex Pistols 2.63
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.60
Billy Joel 2.57
Foo Fighters 2.57
U2 2.55
My Chemical Romance 2.54
Justin Timberlake 2.52
Biffy Clyro 2.48
Dire Straits 2.43
The Beautiful South 2.43
Meat Loaf 2.43
Bloc Party 2.41
Cher 2.40
Michael Jackson 2.39
Eminem 2.38
Mariah Carey 2.32
Coldplay 2.31
IDLES 2.29
Rancid 2.26
Guns N’ Roses 2.26
The Killers 2.22
The Who 2.22
Blink-182 2.21
Muse 2.20
Robbie Williams 2.20
Katy Perry 2.18
Bon Jovi 2.11
No Doubt 2.10
Christina Aguilera 2.09
The Offspring 2.08
Moby 2.06
Adele 2.05
Aerosmith 2.03
Kings Of Leon 2.01
The Libertines 1.99
Red Hot Chili Peppers 1.90
The Spice Girls 1.81
Stereophonics 1.74
Kasabian 1.57
Ed Sheeran 1.29

And today;

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Just albums for this one:

  • How Strange, Innocence
  • Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell The Truth Shall Live Forever
  • The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place
  • The Rescue
  • All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone
  • Take Care, Take Care, Take Care
  • The Wilderness

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Been listening to The Earth… a lot whilst walking recently. Really good album.
They represent the worst of post rock for me though (yet that is more because what they inspired).
Not sure on a score yet. Might listen to them for the morning


Reckon they’re very unfairly regarded on here. Really love them.


Ahhhhh. Bloody love EITS. Bought Those That Tell The Truth… on US import after reading about it and it changed my life. That quiet/loud dynamic, I’d never heard like that before. I was really into various Kranky and Constellation stuff at that point and EITS just cut right through.

This album, and then The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place are just about perfect for me. The Only Moment We Were Alone was almost used for walking down the aisle, I love it that much.

I think I’ve seen them live about 9 or 10 times, first time was upstairs in the Star and Garter in Manchester, and the last couple of times have been in the Sage in Gateshead. Probably preferred the early little venues (Bar 36 in Sunderland?) but the sound quality in the the Sage was immense.

I appreciate that they’re seen as a bit formulaic and derivative by some but I think their sound inspired a lot of the post rock stuff that came later. That chiming guitar sound from TEINACDP has popped up a lot elsewhere and I’m not sure who did it first (and I’m not sure I care that much), but they do it brilliantly.

The later records are so so for me, but they’ve got to be a nailed on massive 5 for the early records. Lots of people on the Sigur Ros thread talked about that emotional pull of their music, the almost spiritual impact they can have. I love SR but never got that from them, but I got it from explosions in the sky in spades.


my favourite track

Still listen to them a lot but nothing past Take Care. Haven’t seen them live either but you really need to be in the mood


Yeah 5 for me, Earth… Is one of my favorutie albums. One before is almost as good.

Yeah they havent reached that peak again and kinda just followed that formula since, but dont care.

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Not fussed if they’re blamed (somewhat unfairly, especially on here) for the way post rock went. Great live, The Earth… is an ATD album for me.


Friday Night Lights soundtrack is their best LP


Saw them live once in very odd circumstances: it was a gig at what used to be called Soul Tree and is now Lola Lo in Cambridge (essentially a nightclub with the most awkward set-up for watching live music). They were supporting Four Tet along with a solo set from Alexis Taylor of Hot Chip (in pre Hot Chip days, I think).

Anyway, they were alright then, and I’ve got a couple of their albums and think they’re alright. Probably a band I should like more than I actually do? 3/5.


4/5, used to love them lots when I listened to this kind of music about a decade ago but not really into it any more, but they were one of my favourites at one time


I also saw them supporting Four Tet, at Bristol Trinity. That was a very good gig.

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4/5 from me, used to love them but rarely revisit them now except TEINACDP.

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Pretty much this, verbatim. They were one of my faves when I listened to lots of post rock (although its pushing 20 years rather than avocado’s decade :grimacing:) but rarely go back to it now.

The Only Moment We Were Alone is still a wonderful piece of music though.


I saw them on this tour at the Brudenell. Was really excited to see two quite different artists on the same bill, but it ended up with all the Four Tet fans talking through the lovely quiet bits, and loads of the EITS fans leaving when Four Tet came on.

I had no idea at all that Alexis Taylor was on the same bill.

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Probably a four actually. I somehow bypassed them when I first got into post-rock so they weren’t anything revolutionary to me but they’re clearly very good at what they do. Very consistent level of quality across all of their albums but I don’t think they’ve ever released an essential one.

My instinct was the go for a five but I think I’ve settled on a four. I love them, TEINACDP is one of my favourite albums, and I don’t care at all if they ruined post rock or whatever people say… I do think ultimately they suffer from their own sameness though, I know they’re broadened the spectrum a bit with later stuff but a four feels right, a great band but not quite top tier.


The only album of theirs I really know is The Earth Is Not A Cold Dead Place and I used to love it. Listened again about a year ago because I was watching Friday Night Lights, and it was nice to go back but I felt like I was missing something a bit. Maybe they’re so entwined with FNL in my head that I should have a montage of Coach Taylor being inspirational playing whenever I listen to them now. Their music is absolutely spot on for that series though - those lovely guitar lines match those big open spaces at dusk perfectly.

Given them a 3 because I quite like what I know, but never been that tempted to explore further.


Great band who haven’t released anything I haven’t really enjoyed. Personally really enjoyed The Wilderness if anyone’s fallen off them in recent years and wants a recommendation.

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Would have been a 5 if you asked me when I was a teen but I’ve very much softened on them, but still worth a 4 for The Earth and especially Those who tell the truth which is a slightly more interesting album for me. Funny how it’s one of those coincidentally 9/11 tied albums, mind.

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