F♯A♯∞ (studio album) by Godspeed You! Black Emperor

F♯A♯∞
F♯A♯∞ by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Year: 1997
Overall rank: 256th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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84/100 (from 633 votes)
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Award Top 10 albums of 1997 (6th)
Award Top 100 albums of the 1990s (52nd)
Award Top 500 albums of all time (256th)
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F♯A♯∞ is ranked 2nd best out of 7 albums by Godspeed You! Black Emperor on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Godspeed You! Black Emperor is Lift Yr. Skinny Fists Like Antennas To Heaven which is ranked number 85 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 18,374.

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This album is rated in the top 1% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 84.4/100, a mean average of 83.3/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 84.6/100. The standard deviation for this album is 15.6.

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95/100
From 05/28/2018 18:28
One of the best post-rock albums I've heard, better then LYSFLATH and on par with Soundtracks For The Blind.
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From 08/22/2017 15:16
Not as great or impressive as Lift Your Skinny Fists, but just as emotional and artistic...
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From 07/23/2017 01:56
Like all the pain, sadness and misery in the world packed into one beautiful album. The album has an ongoing theme about the world's end, told through some amazing spoken word. The music reflects this and has this feeling of helplessnes. An extremely depressing, but amazing album.

A funny thing I've noticed is that allot of people's (including my) first reaction is something along the lines of "eh, kinda boring. Just sounds like a bunch of people noodling on their instruments." Then the more you listen to it the more you see the beauty of it and five listens later your opinion is more like the followed: "This is godamn masterpiece, holy shit!".

And to the debate about whether the vinyl version or the CD version should be listed: The vinyl version came first (1997), then the CD version came a year later. So the vinyl version is kinda the original. But I understand that it causes confusion. I have both (the CD version I bought on iTunes though) and I love both. The vinyl version is more like a shorter version, and some parts were rerecorded for the CD. But there is one main thing you're missing on the CD: That locked innergroove!
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From 06/13/2017 19:01
I have the version with The Dead Flag Blues, East Hastings and Providence. It is a unique album, even better than Lift yr. skinny fists imo. The intro to Dead Flag Blues is one of the most thrilling and unnervingly brilliant moments in music, and that voice is dreadful and dark and sends shivers down my spine every time. There are more moments like this throughout the whole F# A# as well as on LYSFLATH, and they all remind me of unsettling older horror movies which play with your psyche. Loveit!
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90/100
From 10/21/2016 18:44
We have both The Sun Sessions and Sunrise on the site, despite the fact that the latter is just an expanded version of the former. We have both Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain and Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain: LA's Desert Origins despite the fact that the latter is just the former plus some B sides and alternate takes. If GY!BE had titled the CD version F#A#∞+1, both would be on the site, and this comment section wouldn't be full of so much confusion. That seems like a silly and arbitrary line to draw.
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From 08/19/2016 13:55
[CD edition]

A high potential for artistic interpretation as well as a strong theme and message are what I admire most about this album. The music itself is nothing special, but it's the meaning that gives this record enough depth to become exceptional.
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From 05/10/2016 23:22
For those listening on Spotify, here's an explanation of tracklisting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%E2%99%AF_A%E2%99%AF_%E2%88%9E#Track_listing

Fascina ting and mesmerizing, but probably something I'd listen to only every now and then.
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From 12/03/2015 02:17
I really don't see the big deal. Lift Your Skinny Fists was a masterpiece, but this just really doesn't do much for me. I listened to the longer CD version, so here are my track ratings:
Dead Flag Blues 85
East Hastings 75
Providence 75
I guess I understand why people love this album, but to me it seems like some cool instrumental melodies and then just a bunch of random noises. And people are gonna be telling me that they're not random and they really mean something to the album, but I guess I just don't see it.
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From 08/31/2015 15:59
Providence isn't listed on here, but I have no particular favorite part. the album is so well put together and tracks are so cohesive with one another having a favorite track would be unfair to the experience. So very good and gives Lift yr skinny fists a run for its money.
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