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The Dark Side (The Goth Rock Album) [Box set]

Various Artists Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Audio CD (25 Oct 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: UMTV
  • ASIN: B0002Z16H4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,804 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. In The Shadows - The Rasmus
2. Walking In My Shoes - Depeche Mode
3. Sonne - Rammstein
4. Eloise - The Damned
5. A Forest - The Cure
6. Release The Bats - The Birthday Party
7. Wild Hearted Woman - All About Eve
8. Say Hello Wave Goodbye '91 - Soft Cell
9. Love Like Blood - Killing Joke
10. Spellbound - Siouxsie & The Banshees
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Disc: 2
1. Temple Of Love - Sisters Of Mercy
2. Wasteland - Mission
3. She's In Parties - Bauhas
4. She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult
5. Moonchild - Feilds Of The Nephilim
6. Desire - Gene Loves Jezebel
7. April Skies - Jesus & The Mary Chain
8. Chinese Burn - Curve
9. Are "Friends" Electric - Gary Numan
10. Long Black Veil - Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
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Customer Reviews

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goth-Curious? This is a great starting point. 30 Dec 2006
This double album is packed with a rich diversity of alternative rock music. It's a superb introduction to 'Gothic Rock' that rewards repeated playing.

I'm not too sure about the exact definitions, but it encompasses a wide range of styles. These include hard, gothic, industrial, and corporate rock, AOR, electronica and even some folk-inspired songs. The common thread is that the songs all have an edgy beauty, whether in the music, instrumentation, or lyrics. Without wishing to sound too arty, the songs explore (and in some cases appear to celebrate) the sinister, nefarious or unfulfilled side of human existence - hence the title.

I just love this album. The more I've listened to it the more I've liked it. It rewards repeated playing - especially if you are new to this sort of music. Persevere with it and I feel you will be amply rewarded. I would have rated this 3 stars when I first bought it, 4 stars within a fortnight and now I have no hesitation in giving it full marks - it's 90+% killer with little or no filler.

The compilation features some of the biggest tunes by the best exponents in this area. It has introduced me to many new artists, as well as showing familiar ones in a different light and brought together some gems that I was already aware of. I will certainly be buying more albums by the featured artists on the strength of this set.

Another plus with this album is its balance: it contrasts heavy and light musical styles, and whilst the overall tone is black, the editor has injected levity by including two or three real oddities. These may make you laugh aloud on first listen and smile thereafter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
OK, the mix is somewhat eclectic... not easy to imagine an album which includes the bittersweet of 'Say Hello Wave Goodbye' only a few tracks away from the paint-blistering weapon-of-mass-destruction that is 'Jesus Built My Hotrod'... so maybe the album doesn't hang together too well - but for sheer value of all those tracks you heard at the Goth nights and couldn't get round to buy... unbeatable.
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4.0 out of 5 stars music music music 13 Jan 2014
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Purchased as a present, for someone whom is into the "darkside of music". Came on the day I needed it to, well pakaged, good for those into alternitive music.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Goth? Erm... 9 Nov 2012
Let's be straight - the goth songs on this compilation are classics. There's just not many of them. I'd say less than a quarter of the songs on this are even vaguely goth. There are better compilations out there.
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