Magnet - p.90
"Explosions In The Sky have honed their intent and learned to utilize the studio to better capture their Mogwai-like swells and crashes..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1443 stars out of 5
-- "With the natural world providing the album's central theme, each moody track conjures a new scene, projects a new picture and offers up a new mountainous ascent."
Explosions in the Sky: Mark T. Smith , Michael James , Munaf Rayani, Chris Hrasky.
Recording information: Austin, TX (06/2000).
Though released in 2005, HOW STRANGE, INNOCENCE was actually recorded before Explosions in the Sky's 2001 debut, THOSE WHO TELL THE TRUTH SHALL DIE, THOSE WHO TELL THE TRUTH SHALL LIVE FOREVER. Consequently, HOW STRANGE bears some of the hallmarks of a band finding its footing--the compositions are not quite as complex and refined as they would become on later releases. Still this snapshot of early EITS is full of the thoughtful, layered, instrumental post-rock that has won the band a devoted following over time, and the group's trademark melodicism and sonic scope is already well in place here.