Step 1) Play.
Step 2) Listen.
Step 3) Dissect.
Explosions in the Sky’s second effort takes a more studied, even lush approach to the literate chaos of their 2001 debut. But put on your sad sack thinking cap now, because Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place is a contemplative and heady rush of masterful melancholia. Its six songs are multi-minute, slow motion workouts of gentle electric guitar plucks and subtle/sudden washes of percussion — they’re still instrumental, but as lyrical as anything in the indie rock universe.
“Your Hand in Mine” ends things as they began, with a pair of determined guitars picking out a melody that’s both pretty and pretty damn heartbreaking.
~ Johnny Loftus, Rovi