11.29.2010

Album Grades: Anatema by Labirinto - C+

Sao Paolo outfit, Labirinto (meaning "Maze" in Portuguese), are slow, epic noise-scapers in the vein of Explosions in the Sky and Godspeed You Black Emperor!  I feel obligated to say that most of these bands owe heavy allegiance to scottish band Mogwai for pioneering the medium, but that doesn't mean that I don't appreciate it.  That being said, there are some bright moments to the 70 minute album, like the 4-minute mark to the opening track, Reverso, where very creative ideas make strong contributions to the genre.  And there are slower points to the album that come off as almost too soundtrack-y like the beginning of the fifth track Flagelo.

As far as the grade goes, this is the first album I've graded.  So, I'm sure that criteria will evolve.  I gave it a C+, which means that if you are doing something else, you can put it on in the background and it will be a pleasant experience.

So, maybe not a dinner party, but working at your desk could be epic with this disc on.  Check them out.

Grade: C+


Let me know your grade when you get a chance:




Letter Grades
Grade
100 Scale
Definition
A or A+
100
This is worth listening to over
A-
91
and over and over.
B+
83

B
75
This is worth listening to.
B-
67

C+
58
Doing something else? Put me
C
50
on in the background.
C-
42
At least it's not David Hasselhoff
D+
33

D
25
El Terrible
D-
16

F
0

3:06 PM