Relief and vindication for the many people who have bought the bewildering slew of releases Coil have put out since 'Stolen & Contaminated Songs', 'Musick To Play In The Dark 1' is a genuine work of genius, coherent and stunning from start to finish. Brooding and as thick and heavy as blood throughout, the highlights include their dissection of the media cult of celebrity, 'Red Queen' ("Is it more real, does it make it more yours, now that you've been recorded as having said it?") and the classic 'Broccoli', an elegiac reminiscence on childhood as institutionalisation ("Remember to say 'thank you'. . . eat your greens, especially broccoli"). This is the first truly all killer, no filler, song-based Coil album since 'Love's Secret Domain', the ideal entry point for newcomers and a must for anybody who's ever had an interest in Coil's world or, indeed, innovative music(k) and genuinely moving songwriting.