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Pain is Beauty

Chelsea Wolfe Audio CD
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How often nowadays do we read of an artist's "intensity", or their rhetorical, one-of-a-kind individuality? Journalistic hyperbole routinely contorts the mundane into the "epic", the tired into the inspired, all the while heaping praise on performers as seemingly vacuous and generic as possible. Navigating the landscape of contemporary alternative music can be an ... Read more in Amazon's Chelsea Wolfe Store

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  • Audio CD (2 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sargent House
  • ASIN: B00E0P92EQ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,843 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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CD Digipak with 20 page booklet. Vinyl is 2LP in Gatefold jacket + download card. Genre: Rock / Alternative. Pain is Beauty is the third studio album from the Los Angeles-based artist and is a self-described love letter to nature. Many of the album's 12 tracks veer in a decidedly more electronic direction than previous recordings, while at the same time capitalizing on Wolfe's trademark penchant for the morose and otherworldly. As Wolfe explains: "[The album] becomes an exploration of ancestry, how the mythology, landscapes and traditions of our ancestors affect our personalities today. Honesty is what initially drew me to music, and I've been more honest and open with myself than ever through these songs. There is peace in truth. There is clarity in solitude. And there is power within simplicity and focus. Love is not always easy. Tormented love is something I understand more than society's skewed idea of what love should be. Love is indelible, severe, earnest, merciful. To push forward against the odds is to make history". Chelsea Wolfe makes records that transcend time, avoid pigeonholing, and most importantly, allow a glimpse into the soul of a true visionary. Her work is free of the contrivances of lesser artists, the trivial "concepts" and pandering for attention at any cost. Hers is a dignified way of doing things, proven without any doubt by the sheer quality of her work. Pain is Beauty presents not so much an auditory experience as it does an encompassing atmosphere with which the listener can surround themselves, a soul-stirring link with infinity. // Immense support from Press, with features already confirmed with Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NPR, Glamour, Interview, Spin, Fader, Under The Radar and MUCH more. Massive world tour will begin in August hitting Europe with Russian Circles. Artist Links: http://chelseawolfe.net/

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5.0 out of 5 stars Darkness is beauty 5 Sep 2013
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A reviewer on another Amazon site seemed to be more interested in Ms Wolfe's personality rather than her music. Yes, she did perform under a black veil due to extreme stage fright but what can we say about the music? Like many artists Pain is Beauty takes a more electronic direction creating gothic soundscapes against Wolfe's hypnotic vocals. The guitars are still there but accompanied by sample loops, synth, drums and effects. It is a very dark album that gives very little light relief. Wolf sticks a knife in your gut, gives it a twist, then just to make sure you are dead comes back for more. All this death and darkness does possibly make this album a track too long. Wolfe, however in not about creating disposable pop songs but expressive experimental alternative music. Pain is Beauty is a very apt title. So if you were to buy only two albums this year I'd recommend `Pain is Beauty' and Braids `Flourish // Perish' both have to be contenders for album of 2013. Both albums surpass in creativity and musical terms most commercial led stuff that is promoted by radio and music magazines.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hadn't heard of her before... 27 Nov 2013
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...but listened to her on the latest Russian Circles album and thought I would listen to some of her own stuff and I like this CD although it is the only one of hers I have purchased.

There are some songs that I don't care for that much but there is some really nice tracks here that impress with good singing and instrumentation. For fans of her who haven't heard the song she sings for the Russian Circles album--I suggest you give that a listen. If Russian Circles ever had a singer I think she'd be a good fit.
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Wow wow!! Start to finish a rollercoaster of emotion, atmospheric hurt which is truly beautiful, but ever reminding you of the pain of life! Till the end...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 25 Dec 2013
By Gannon
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In 2011, on her Apokalypsis album, foremost goth-folkstress Chelsea Wolfe struck dramatic gold with "Pale on Pale". The rest of the album was, to this reviewer, more difficult to penetrate however and since then all we've been offered is a collection of dusty attic-core acoustics (Unknown Rooms). Hell be praised then that Pain Is Beauty is now here because it's packed with wonderfully atmospheric melancholy and Wolfe's blend of hushed folk, ominous melody and witchy coldwave has never been more consistent, striking nor appealing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2013 so far ! 5 Sep 2013
By Harry Tenench - Published on Amazon.com
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I have all of the releases by this artist because of her unique and deep creative vibe. Wolfe is the real deal and a singular writer and has one of the most mysteriously beautiful voices I have ever heard. I have seen her perform and her voice is so good it will give you goosebumps. She is a very creative singer as well in that she uses loops from time to time and she explores emotional terrain that defies description. Pain is Beauty is a master work and any serious music fan needs to buy it and dive in. If you like artists like Nick Cave , Swans , Diamanda Galas, Sonic Youth, Scott Walker , Sand Snowman, PJ Harvey etc you owe it to yourself to discover Chelsea's work. You won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pain Is Essential 26 Sep 2013
By B. Hirschman - Published on Amazon.com
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Chelsea Wolfe can be ferocious, battering, and ironically endearing all at the same time. The Alternative music press is buzzing about this LP, and one is well served to explore those views given that some find my views on this matter to be maddening. Many of the press reviews heavily foreground the "goth" pabulum though that commentary quickly transitions into a discussion regarding the dynamic and rich character of the LP's compositions. Many describe it as cinematic. Ms. Wolfe is a serious minded and quickly maturing artist that has attracted an oddly fractured fan base. If you like humanism in the arts while at the same time being kicked around a bit and challenged, you will like Ms. Wolfe. Do I make her sound like a chore? Let's just say that frivolity is not Ms. Wolfe's strong suit though, as a practical matter, her music can easily work on any number of levels depending on where you want it to take you.

Ms. Wolfe is not so much an autobiographical-diary-style songwriter as she is a chronicler of questions and insights that her autobiography has brought her to. To this end, she tends to default to either poetics or story telling. Her poetics is where she tends to "go dark". This format is where artists often go to indulge in purely stylistic considerations. Reactions to poetics are complex and personal so I would be selfish to declare that Ms. Wolfe displays any of that. I will not dispute that she is a magnificent storyteller! Here, she's literal enough that even "needy" people like me find clarity. Always, she is infatuated with contrast as a conveyance. It starts with the LP's title and it never stops. Regarding "contrast", interviews with her suggest to me that she doesn't use it to mock the masses, but to illuminate and place emphasis and that it doesn't come with an agenda for anyone other than herself. Again referring to interviews, she is suspicious of mass consensus because she thinks it is manufactured by dimwitted material-historical forces that DO have agendas and those agendas don't service capital-T-truth very well.

Ms. Wolfe's penchant for ruminating "Vanitas" is still at play on 'Pain Is Beauty'. Relative to her previous work, however, this LP she is far more interested in what precedes "finality" and that something is pain & struggle as well as the vitality of pain & struggle. On these tracks (and more so in interviews) she doesn't elevate pain to that of an aesthetic but it is certainly viewed as a primary color. I think the cover art, with its objectified doll like visage, anticipates this. Piecing together what I can, she treats pain & struggle as not only two of life's essential energies and teachers but also as immanent in all things and to ignore the latter cheapens things like love, beauty and graciousness to being nothing more than hollow and inhuman ideals. Ugliness is part of the weave that binds and forms to fashion any experience as being a uniquely and fully human experience. Unlike two of the world's major religions (and any number of consumer product marketing campaigns), she doesn't view pain as something that needs to be waged war against but rather accepted, managed via perspective, and ultimately appreciated. The story formatted Track 11 try's hard to do something constructive and celebratory with this morose Lego set, and I think it achieves its goal. It's an undeniably poignant opus and one that is superbly orchestrated.

Ms. Wolfe's art is an interrogation of things commonly held to be ennobling. Maybe not so much the commonly held conclusion as to what those things are but how they are constituted. I'm convinced that she is an optimist: She is just very different in how she works through its meaning and implications. Ultimately, she may be neither the pessimist that so many people view her as or the optimist that I hope she is but rather a "realist". It all works because each perspective speaks to the substantiality of this artist. I hope Chelsea Wolfe finds the reconciliation and truth that she is seeking. I admire how she asks interesting questions in interesting ways and how she appreciates that what often appear to be answers are not what they pass themselves off to be.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Possession 18 Oct 2013
By TC Henderson - Published on Amazon.com
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I can't stop listening to everything she sings. I am possessed. Happily. Blissfully. Obsessed. I have nothing else to say other than you will get it or you won't and if you do, it is a beautiful ride to enjoy over and over.

After listening to this album, I bought everything else she has and I have been watching live shows and interviews. It has all been bewitching to say the least. I feel connected to her music and her lyrics in an archetypical way that pulls me into emotionally visceral places where I am not sure I am welcome, but I have to go anyway. It is the travel of Dante in search of his Beatrice.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing album 8 Jan 2014
By Jason Ridder - Published on Amazon.com
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Tragic, dark and beautiful. Heard about Chelsea Wolfe after her appearance on Russian Circle's new album "Memorial" and had to check out more of her work. Love the album. Definitely worht a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible. 18 Nov 2013
By Norberto Aguiar - Published on Amazon.com
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Powerful, dark and achingly beautiful! Give it more than one listen and you'll be under her spell! Pain Is Beauty is her best album to date!
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