Revive - 2005 - 48 minutes
The comedian Steve Wright has a joke about wanting to put a humidifier and a dehumidifier in a room together and letting them fight it out. A similar experiment could be conducted with albums by Mogwai, Secret Machines, Sigur Ros and God Is An Astronaut - and there would be times when the Dublin trio would come out on top.
Unlike many instrumental outfits, finding your way into a God Is An Astronaut track is easy; getting back out takes a while. They don't fall into the trap of power for the sake of it or quiet-because-we're-not-sure-what-should-happen-next and, as a result, 'All Is Violent, All Is Bright' makes sure there's room for both the epic and the catchy between the speakers.
Great with the volume up or down and urgent throughout, it'll still sound as colossal in December as it does now. December 2010 that is.
Tracklisting: Fragile - All Is Violent, All Is Bright - Forever Lost - Fire Flies and Empty Skies - A Deafening Distance - Infinite Horizons - Suicide By Star - Remembrance Day - Dust and Echoes - When Everything Dies - Halo of Flies