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YMMV / Silver Mt. Zion

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  • Awesome Music: Basically all of it. Listeners will probably have their own preferences but He Has Left Us Alone, Horses in the Sky, and 13 Blues for Thirteen Moons tend to be particularly acclaimed. Individual tracks that stand out as particularly powerful include "God Bless Our Dead Marines", "Hang On to Each Other", "'Piphany Rambler", and "What We Loved Was Not Enough".
  • Base-Breaking Character: The main reason most of the band's work falls into polarizing territory is due to Efrim's vocals. Some people think he can't hold a tune or has a weak voice, while others either don't agree, don't care, or find his vocals to be extremely emotionally expressive. Others mostly enjoy his vocals but dislike his performances on one or a small number of songs.
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  • Broken Base: While most of the band's fans like most of the band's music, you'll still see disagreements about whether the band was better when most of its material was instrumental, as well as whether the increased use of the electric guitar in their music was for the best.
  • Face of the Band: Much as he disclaims the role, Efrim Menuck probably qualifies since he has by far the largest number of lead vocals and is probably the band member who interacts most often with the press.
  • Most Wonderful Sound: The absolutely gorgeous swell of violins exactly 11 minutes into "Sow Some Lonesome Corner So Many Flowers Bloom". It's on par with the absolute best moments in Godspeed You! Black Emperor's discography.
  • Signature Song: "13 Angels Standing Guard 'Round the Side of Your Bed" seems to be their most famous song.
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  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Basically all their lyrics. May fall into Anvilicious for listeners who disagree.
  • Tear Jerker: "'Piphany Rambler", all of He Has Left Us Alone and Horses in the Sky, "Goodbye Desolate Railyard"... probably about 90% of the band's songs, to be honest. If they're not depressing, they may make you cry from their sheer beauty instead.

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