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  • Audio CD (27 July 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Young God
  • ASIN: B000024811
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 466,162 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars DARK, POWERFUL MUSIC 19 Jun 2002
Format:Audio CD
This 1992 live album kicks off with the swirling vortex of sound that is Mother's Milk, a soaring tour de force with its driving beat and beautifully macabre lyrics in Jarboe's haunting voice at its most powerful. In its dark cadences, this track sounds like the fierce conclusion of an occult ritual. The soft version on The Great Annihilator transforms Mother's Milk into a soft torch song.

The long instrumental intro of Pow R Sac eventually gives way to the humming of Michael Gira where he employs his voice as one of the instruments to create a pulsating, droning sound collage with frequent tonal shifts. The hypnotic and uplifting instrumental track Will Serve follows, sounding to me like Popol Vuh on a rock excursion.

A soothing melody and Gira's uncharacteristically tender vocals introduce Her, until these are rudely interrupted by a harsh, atonal instrumental segment which then fades into a vocal recital by a teenage girl talking about her friend Charlie against a spooky electronic background, radio commercials & hits from around 1967 like Van Morrison's Brown Eyed Girl. This version continues the teenager's conversation from the studio version on the Love of Life album.

From brown eyed girls to Black Eyed Dogs, as the band turns Nick Drake's melancholy classic into a fiery rock anthem.
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