Splendid gets in the first review I’ve seen of the new Godspeed You Black Emperor! album. Cleanly-written stuff from Editor George Zahora, with the basic message that if you liked their other stuff, you’ll like this, and if you didn’t….well. I’d take issue with his saying that GYBE agnostics are “unwilling to get involved”. I love to dive into music and have it take me over, but this band don’t do that – they’re solid, if samey, and they know how to manipulate you pretty well, but they never manage the transcendence they so desperately, desperately hope for. Their titles, actually, are the best things about them, with Lift Your Skinny Fists… rivalling Fold Your Hands…. for the boldest monicker of 2000.