Canada - Full Moon 63 - 11/30/01
The Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra and Tra-la-la Band
Born Into Trouble As The Sparks Fly Upward
Not only have they gained an extension for the name, some additional members are also added.
Not to worry though, the sound is still one of unparalleled beauty. Even the great Godspeed You
Black Emperor, main deliverer of members to this orchestra, have problems matching this. Not so
interested in building songs, layer upon layer, until the beauty is the beast as the Godspeeds
normally do, The Silver Mountains delve right into the song, no nonsense approach, which is
quite refreshing and makes the album more song oriented. Not so much as to be a pop album, far
from it, but the different song are really different... Plenty of violins, cello, trumpet and
even some electronics make this something other than your normal rock record. Beautiful and
strange at the same time? Is that possible? In this case, a big yes.
I saw them live after the first album, then they were a bit anonymous, and I would be
surprised if this is the case now. Let me also praise the package, two 10" mini-LPs in an
exquisite gatefold, heavy cardboard cover. Tasteful to say the least. Another triumph from
Canada's finest anarchists, where will this end?
Copyright © 2001 Killer