Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever CD, Import
Opening October 15th nationwide, Friday Night Lights (a Universal picture starring Billy Bob Thornton and Tim McGraw, based on the best-selling book of the same name) features an original score by Temporary Residence top-seller Explosions In The Sky!
The film chronicles the entire 1988 season of a high school football team from Odessa, TX (adjacent to Explosions In The Skys hometown of Midland, TX). It focuses on the ongoing financial and emotional struggles of a small town that places all of its hopes on the team's chances at winning the state championship.
The Universal soundtrack scheduled for release October 5 includes Explosions In The Skys score, as well as a new Faith Hill/Tim McGraw duet and a new track by No Doubt's Gwen Stefani. Universal estimates the soundtrack will top one million copies sold by Christmas 2004. It is expected to debut in Billboards Top 10.
"Have You Passed Through This Night," from Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die... is featured in the film's trailer, which began airing in theaters nationwide June 11. The trailer began airing on national television during the Olympic Games.
If you do a Web search on the phrase "explosions in the sky," what you're likely to come up with are Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, fireballs, space debris. And a band from Austin, Texas. The sophomore effort from this band of emo-style prog-rockers, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Die, Those Who Tell the Truth Shall Live Forever was released on September 10, 2001--and the cover art features the prescient words, "This plane will crash tomorrow." Intense, instrumental music infused with fatalistic affect, this is a requiem for a planet. Expressionist, it recalls a simmering Texas landscape placid for days, suddenly punctuated by a punishing electrical storm. Playing like a symphony in six movements, the album is composed entirely of bass, guitar, and drums. A moody but gorgeous album infused with youthful sincerity, it is cinematic in scope with soothing soundscapes of atmospheric, ambient, and shimmering chimes interspersed with crashing interludes of heavy metal-style guitar explosions and drums with intricate time signatures. File under post-rock . . . or modern composition. --Jillian Steinberger
After falling in love with the CD, I was overjoyed to read the review of one listener who was actually disappointed with the album because it didn't compare to their live performance. I just saw them this weekend in Chicago and they were unbelievable...
I'm very disappointed with the packaging on this record. From a band like EITS you'd expect something gorgeous, but what it really is is simply the art on a standard stock of cardboard and a flimsy paper sleeve on the inside with the same art sans the angel. That's it. Nothing to fold out, no inserts or anything. I didn't care much for the printing of the art either, as it seems like the cheapest process was used, on a semi-gloss sort of surface - like magazines.
The record is also only two sided. Not a big deal for some people, but it should be noted anyway... if you're one of those that want 'superior sound' on several 180 gram sides then this won't give you that. Still, it's a nice record for the collection.