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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sky Records
  • ASIN: B000001BQ9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 600,255 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Please Remember Me
2. Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes
3. The Child's Right
4. Everything For Maria
5. I'll Go There, Take Me Home
6. Black Eyed Dog
7. A Parasite & Other Memories
8. Dream Dream
9. You'll Never Forget
10. Mystery Of Faith

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 25 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
(World of) Skin was a side project of Swans, a vehicle for exploring other facets of Gira & Jarboe's vision. This extraordinary album appeared in 1990 between Swans' über-folk masterpiece The Burning World of 1989 and the two 1991 albums dominated by blazing rock songs: Love of Life and White Light from the Mouth of Infinity. The image of Cerberus on the cover is a warning to those who would enter the other world. These ten songs enchant, terrify and disturb in turn. But step inside anyway ...

... through Please Remember Me, a mournful mid-tempo track with Michael Gira on lead vocal. Next comes the stirring Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes; the poem To Celia by Ben Jonson (1573-1637). Sung like a hymn by Jarboe, it concludes with a recitation of The Lord's Prayer over a collage of ominous shortwave noises and edgy found sounds. The theme seems to be romantic love but there are ambiguities and the melody is pure old English devotional.

Interestingly, The Lord's Prayer was a punk/goth favorite from the start, appearing in medley form on Join Hands, the 2nd album by Siouxsie & The Banshees, with elements of O Claire de la Lune and the chilling Tomorrow Belongs To Me from the movie Cabaret amongst other song snippets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
World of Skin was a side project of Michael Gira's Swans, created as a vehicle for expressing the softer side of Gira & Jarboe's vision. This atmospheric 1990 album appeared between Swans' über-folk masterpiece Burning World of 1989 and the two 1991 albums Love of Life and White Light from the Mouth of Infinity [VINYL]. The image of Cerberus on the cover serves as warning to approach the other world with caution. These ten songs entrance, terrify and enchant in turn. You may enter now ...

... through Please Remember Me, a poignant and melancholy mid-tempo song with Michael Gira on lead vocal. Next comes the stirring Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes; it's the poem To Celia by Ben Jonson (1573-1637) set to hymnal music. Sung like a devotional by Jarboe, it concludes with a recitation of The Lord's Prayer over a collage of ominous shortwave noises and found sounds. A cursory glance at Jonson's lyrics reveals nothing overtly spiritual; the theme seems to be romantic love. Still, there are ambiguities and the melody undoubtedly originates from the Olde English Hymne tradition. Interestingly, The Lord's Prayer has an early connection with punk/goth music as it appeared in medley form on
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Haunting, eerie & other-worldly 25 Jun 2006
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
World of Skin was a side project of Michael Gira's Swans, created as a vehicle for expressing the softer side of Gira & Jarboe's vision. This atmospheric 1990 album appeared between Swans' über-folk masterpiece Burning World of 1989 and the two 1991 albums Love of Life and White Light from the Mouth of Infinity. The image of Cerberus on the cover serves as warning to approach the other world with caution. These ten songs enchant, entrance and terrify in turn. You may enter now ...

... through Please Remember Me, a poignant mid-tempo song with Michael Gira on lead vocal. Next comes the stirring Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes; it's the poem To Celia by Ben Jonson (1573-1637) set to hymnal music. Sung like a devotional by Jarboe, it concludes with a recitation of The Lord's Prayer over a collage of ominous shortwave noises and found sounds. A cursory glance at Jonson's lyrics reveals nothing overtly spiritual; the theme seems to be romantic love. Still, there are ambiguities and the melody undoubtedly originates from the Olde English Hymne tradition. Interestingly, The Lord's Prayer has an early connection with punk/goth music as it appeared in medley form on Join Hands, the 2nd album by Siouxsie & The Banshees, blended with O Claire de la Lune/Mon Ami Pierrot, the chilling Tomorrow Belongs To Me from the movie Cabaret and sundry other snippets.

The elegiac Everything For Maria mourns the death of the legendary opera singer Maria Callas. More particularly, it vividly portrays the scenes immediately following her death when certain unnamed people - servants or bodyguards perhaps? - burst into her chambers to take stuff like jewels and tapestries. The impact of the cinematic imagery is enhanced by the literary device of juxtaposing Maria's most triumphant moments - the huge bouquets & the adulation she received - with the room spinning as she was passing away, the vultures plundering her possessions and the finality of her ashes upon the Aegean.

Michael sings on The Child's Right, a desolate ballad about death and decay with vaguely religious imagery and I'll Go There, Take Me Home, a mighty rock song of which the power pales however in comparison to the terror that follows, a chilling interpretation of Nick Drake's Black Eyed Dog with Jarboe's bellowing vocals as haunting and hair-raising as on Mother Father from Great Annihilator. Eerie breathing and disembodied electronic barking add another layer of unease; this song leaves your hair standing on end for the duration of the album. If the Edvard Munch painting The Scream was given a voice, this is exactly what it would sound like.

After Michael's harsh & bitter song A Parasite and Other Stories, a stark contrast occurs as Jarboe returns like an angel of morphia, luring you into the oneiric other-worldliness of the melodious Dream Dream. Uncompromising to the end, Michael bids adieu with the relentlessly pessimistic penultimate track You'll Never Forget, while Jarboe's tuneful Mystery Of Faith concludes the album on a wistful note with poetic lyrics over a gently lilting beat, calling to mind a song like Nico's Sunday Morning on the first Velvet Underground album.

The Nico connection is then reinforced by the German male voice that subtly enters the mix about three quarters through, gradually becoming more prominent and continuing to recite cold after the music has ended. The narration by Hans J Blatter describes a never-ending cycle of death and rebirth encompassing actions like remembering & forgetting, reproduction, dying, killing, imagining, rejecting your identity and shedding your self-consciousness in order to enjoy the absolute freedom of being a simultaneously superfluous & essential part of the cosmic whole with no self-awareness. Or something like that!

Even though the tone of the recital is one of melancholic renunciation, there is something sinister as well, an ingredient difficult to define. The profusion of front rounded vowels (unknown in English) in the recital provides a wealth of subtle variation to the rhythm of articulation. Resembling an intricate dance, the resultant texture exudes an extraordinary hypnotic resonance. The sound moreover reminds me of the Sylvia Plath poem Daddy that contains the German word "ich", the one in which she likens the German language to an engine "carting her off ..."

Except for the devastating Nick Drake cover and I'll Go There, the album shows the softer side of Swans as indeed the World of Skin project was meant to do. Soft in sound, that is, not feeling, as the tracks take you on a journey through profound sorrow, mournful resignation, petrifying panic, immobilizing despair, hopeless yearning and spectral thought-scapes. Ten Songs is a work of astonishing emotional depth and singular aesthetic impact.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Strange, magical and indeed other-worldly 20 July 2008
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
World of Skin was a side project of Michael Gira's Swans, created as a vehicle for expressing the softer side of Gira & Jarboe's vision. This atmospheric 1990 album appeared between Swans' über-folk masterpiece Burning World of 1989 and the two 1991 albums Love Of Life and White Light from the Mouth of Infinity. The image of Cerberus on the cover serves as warning to approach the other world with caution. These ten songs enchant, terrify and entrance in turn. You may enter now ...

... through Please Remember Me, a poignant mid-tempo song with Michael Gira on lead vocal. Next comes the stirring Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes; it's the poem To Celia by Ben Jonson (1573-1637) set to hymnal music. Sung like a devotional by Jarboe, it concludes with a recitation of The Lord's Prayer over a collage of ominous shortwave noises and found sounds. A cursory glance at Jonson's lyrics reveals nothing overtly spiritual; the theme seems to be romantic love. Still, there are ambiguities and the melody undoubtedly originates from the Olde English Hymne tradition. Interestingly, The Lord's Prayer has an early connection with punk/goth music as it appeared in medley form on Join Hands, the 2nd album by Siouxsie & The Banshees, blended with O Claire de la Lune/Mon Ami Pierrot, the chilling Tomorrow Belongs To Me from the movie Cabaret and sundry other snippets.

The elegiac Everything For Maria mourns the death of the legendary opera singer Maria Callas. More particularly, it vividly portrays the scenes immediately following her death when certain unnamed people - servants or bodyguards perhaps? - burst into her chambers to take stuff like jewels and tapestries. The impact of the cinematic imagery is enhanced by the literary device of juxtaposing Maria's most triumphant moments - the huge bouquets & the adulation she received - with the room spinning as she was passing away, the vultures plundering her possessions and the finality of her ashes upon the Aegean.

Michael sings on The Child's Right, a desolate ballad about death and decay with vaguely religious imagery and I'll Go There, Take Me Home, a mighty rock song of which the power pales however in comparison to the terror that follows, a chilling interpretation of Nick Drake's Black Eyed Dog with Jarboe's bellowing vocals as haunting and hair-raising as on Mother Father from The Great Annihilator. Eerie breathing and disembodied electronic barking add another layer of unease; this song leaves your hair standing on end for the duration of the album. If the Edvard Munch painting The Scream were given a voice, this is exactly what it would sound like.

After Michael's harsh & bitter song A Parasite and Other Stories, Jarboe returns like an angel of morphia, luring you into the oneiric other-worldliness of the melodious Dream Dream. Uncompromising to the end, Michael bids adieu with the relentlessly pessimistic penultimate track You'll Never Forget, while Jarboe's tuneful Mystery Of Faith concludes the music on a wistful note with poetic lyrics over a gently lilting beat, calling to mind a song like Nico's Sunday Morning on the first Velvet Underground album.

The Nico connection is then reinforced by the German male voice that subtly enters the mix about three quarters through, gradually becoming more prominent and continuing to recite cold after the music has ended. The narration by Hans J Blatter describes a never-ending cycle of death and rebirth encompassing actions like remembering & forgetting, reproduction, dying, killing, imagining, rejecting your identity and shedding your self-consciousness in order to enjoy the absolute freedom of being a simultaneously superfluous & essential part of the cosmic whole with no self-awareness. Or something like that!

Even though the tone of the recital is one of melancholic renunciation, there is something sinister as well, an ingredient difficult to define. The profusion of front rounded vowels (unknown in English) creates rhythmic patterns that resonate with hypnotic power. The sound moreover reminds me of the Sylvia Plath poem Daddy that contains the German word "ich", the one in which she likens the language to an engine "carting her off ..."

Besides the devastating Nick Drake cover and I'll Go There, the album shows the softer side of Swans as indeed the World of Skin project was meant to do. Soft in sound, that is, not feeling, as the tracks take you through stations of sorrow, sighs too deep for words, mournful resignation, petrifying panic & immobilizing despair. But beyond the music, when the notes have faded the voice survives for a little while, the voice of Teutonic Thanatos. Ten Songs is a work of astonishing emotional depth and singular aesthetic impact.
'Which seemed when dreamed to mean so profoundly much' 16 Aug 2009
By Pieter Uys - Published on Amazon.com
(World of) Skin was a side project of Swans, a vehicle for exploring other facets of Gira & Jarboe's vision. This extraordinary album appeared in 1990 between Swans' über-folk masterpiece The Burning World of 1989 and the two 1991 albums dominated by blazing rock songs: Love of Life and White Light from the Mouth of Infinity. The image of Cerberus on the cover is a warning to those who would enter the other world. These ten songs enchant, terrify and disturb in turn. But step inside anyway ...

... through Please Remember Me, a mournful mid-tempo track with Michael Gira on lead vocal. Next comes the stirring Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes; the poem To Celia by Ben Jonson (1573-1637). Sung like a hymn by Jarboe, it concludes with a recitation of The Lord's Prayer over a collage of ominous shortwave noises and edgy found sounds. The theme seems to be romantic love but there are ambiguities and the melody is pure old English devotional.

Interestingly, The Lord's Prayer was a punk/goth favorite from the start, appearing in medley form on Join Hands, the 2nd album by Siouxsie & The Banshees, with elements of O Claire de la Lune and the chilling Tomorrow Belongs To Me from the movie Cabaret amongst other song snippets.

On the elegiac Everything For Maria, Jarboe relates the death of the opera legend Maria Callas in macabre scenes of greed and plunder as "they" burst into her chambers for jewels and tapestries. The impact of the striking imagery is amplified by the device of juxtaposing Maria's most triumphant moments -- the huge bouquets & the adulation -- first with the vultures' frenzied looting, and then with her ashes upon the Aegean.

Michael sings on The Child's Right, a desolate ballad about death and decay with obliquely spiritual imagery and I'll Go There, Take Me Home, a mighty rock song which pales in comparison to the terror that follows, a blood-curdling cover of Nick Drake's Black Eyed Dog in Jarboe's howling vocals, some eerie breathing and disembodied electronic barking. One's hair stands on end for the duration of the album; this is the sound of the Edvard Munch painting The Scream.

After Michael's harsh reflections on A Parasite and Other Stories, Jarboe returns like an angel of morphia, luring the listener into the kingdom of the fading apparition on the melodious Dream Dream. Uncompromising to the end, Michael departs with the relentlessly pessimistic You'll Never Forget, while Jarboe's gently lilting Mystery Of Faith brings to mind a song like Nico's Sunday Morning on the first Velvet Underground album.

About three quarters through, a German male vocal becomes audible, gradually rising in the mix and completing the recital after the music has ended. This narration by Hans J Blatter describes an eternal cycle of death and rebirth consisting of remembering, forgetting, reproducing, killing, imagining, rejecting one's identity and shedding self-consciousness in order to attain the absolute freedom of being a simultaneously superfluous & essential part of the universe. Or something like that. There's a sinister undertone to the melancholic renunciation whilst the profusion of front rounded vowels has a resonant, hypnotic effect.

Besides the devastating Nick Drake cover and I'll Go There, much of the music is orchestral and delicate. Delicate in sound, that is, not feeling, as the tracks take one through stations of sorrow, sighs too deep for words, terror, immobilizing despair and weary resignation. And when the final notes have faded the voice remains a while, the voice of Thanatos. Ten Songs for Another World is a triumph of atmospheric power and emotional depth.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very fast 23 Jan 2013
By E. S. Combs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I received this CD in 3 days. It was packed well and the CD was in great condition. It plays perfectly.
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