Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress

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'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
A blurry, black and white image of animals grazing, with trees in the background.
Studio album by Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Released 31 March 2015 (2015-03-31)
Studio Fidelitorium, Hotel2Tango, The Pines
Length 40:23[1]
Label Constellation
Godspeed You! Black Emperor chronology
'Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!
'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'
"Luciferian Towers"
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[3]
The A.V. ClubA-[4]
Drowned in Sound9/10 stars[5]
The Guardian4/5 stars[7]
Spin8/10 stars[10]
Sputnikmusic4/5 stars[11]

Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress (stylized as 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress')[1] is the fifth studio album by Canadian experimental band Godspeed You! Black Emperor, released on 31 March 2015. The album was recorded with Electrical Audio engineer Greg Norman in studios in North Carolina and Montreal.[1][12] The album is the first to feature completely new material since the band re-formed in 2010.[13] It is also, with the exception of the vinyl version of F♯ A♯ ∞, the group's shortest full-length LP to date, timing in at just forty minutes.

The album was announced on 24 February 2015; the group also shared an excerpt of "Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'" on SoundCloud.[14] On 24 March 2015, Constellation Records streamed the album on their SoundCloud.

Critical reception[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from music critics, the album has received an average score of 84, indicating "universal acclaim".[2]

Pitchfork rated the album 7.6 out of a possible 10 and Mark Richardson described the album as a "different kind of transaction" and that while listening to the album "You have to let your guard down" as that Godspeed "transforms feelings into compelling records. They're still on track.".[15] Writing for Exclaim!, Nilan Perera called the record "a beautiful, concise blast that conveys this band's musical essence."[6]

Track listing[edit]

The album's four tracks are based on "Behemoth", played live numerous times since 2012 and previously recorded onstage for the concert series We Have Signal.[16]

1."Peasantry or 'Light! Inside of Light!'"10:28
2."Lambs' Breath"9:52
3."Asunder, Sweet"6:13
4."Piss Crowns Are Trebled"13:50


Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Technical personnel


Chart (2015) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[17] 37
US Billboard 200[18] 129


  1. ^ a b c "GY!BE - 'Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress' - Constellation Records". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Metacritic Review". Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress". AllMusic. 30 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 
  4. ^ "Godspeed You! Black Emperor punctuates chaos with hope". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  5. ^ "Album Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet And Other Distress". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Perera, Nilan (31 March 2015). "Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress". Exclaim!. Retrieved 9 April 2015. 
  7. ^ "Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress review – a resolute, defiant return". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  8. ^ "Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress Review". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Pitchfork Review". Pitchfork. 1 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  10. ^ "Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Renew Their Orchestral Bombast on 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress'". Spin. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  11. ^ "Sputnikmusic Review". Sputnikmusic. 26 March 2015. Retrieved 29 March 2015. 
  12. ^ "Godspeed You! Black Emperor – "Pleasantry Or 'Light! Inside of Light'" (Excerpt) & 'Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress' Details". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  13. ^ "Godspeed You! Black Emperor announce new album". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  14. ^ "Godspeed You! Black Emperor Announce New Album Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress". Retrieved 24 February 2015. 
  15. ^ "Godspeed You! Black Emperor Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress Review". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 5 April 2015. 
  16. ^ "Godspeed You! Black Emperor: Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress review – threat and grandeur". The Guardian. Retrieved 2 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Godspeed You Black Emperor | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 9 April 2015.
  18. ^ "Godspeed You Black Emperor Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 4 November 2015.

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