- Over the course of two (admittedly lengthy) compositions, this forward-looking Montreal nonet bridges the gaps between several styles and takes listeners on a constantly shifting sonic journey. They combine the swirling atmospherics of ambient music with the uncompromising textures and socio-political vision of the Rock In Opposition crowd, framing it all in a semi-classical, string-dominated style that recalls the avant-chamber prog of Univers Zero or Art Zoyd.
- The instrumental "Moya" is full of subtle dynamic shifts and intriguing sonic juxtapositions, but it's "Blaise Bailey Finnegan III" that's most striking. It features snippets of a taped conversation with an outspoken/slightly "off" self-styled poet (presumably the piece's namesake), who offers his vitriolic views on America's current political/economic climate over Godspeed's instrumental backing. Highly original and unforgettable.
CMJ (3/15/99, pp.25-26) - "...a dreamy, symphonic sweep. With a mere two songs and an extra ounce of oomph, Emperor! has crafted one of 1999's best-rehearsed and most magnificent records thus far."
Mojo (Publisher) (9/99, p.108) - "...operates in the unexpected terrain between stasis and rupture....Fiercely private, relentlessly experimental....If you find Mogwai dreary and uninvolving, this, exquisitely, is the real deal."
NME (Magazine) (5/1/99, p.38) - 8 out of 10 - "...It's impossibly beautiful music for plain impossible times. Yes, we are a long way from home. But here, in this low and lovely noise, is a place to keep you warm."