|Released||11 April 2006|
|Recorded||2004-2005 at Avalanche|
|Genre||Post-metal, experimental rock, sludge metal, shoegazing|
|Label|| Hydra Head Records (CD)|
Conspiracy (12" vinyl)
|Pitchfork Media||(7.9/10) link|
Silver is the second EP by Jesu, their third release overall, released by Hydra Head Records on 11 April 2006.This album shows a more melodic and poppy side to the band than the previous two Jesu releases, drawing comparisons to shoegazing bands such as My Bloody Valentine and Ride. Pitchfork Media placed the title track at #488 on their "The Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s" list. Decibel ranked the EP the 6th best release of 2006 and the 26th best release of the decade.
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† indicates a track exclusive to the Japanese edition of the album.
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