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Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell
Hosannas From The Basements Of Hell
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece.The sonic equivalent of Jack Kirby's New Gods., 7 Oct 2013
I have followed Killing Joke since 1985 and have had the pleasure of seeing them perform live many times. Looking back at the catalogue from the most recent release in 2012, I am convinced that Hosannas From The Basement Of Hell is KJ's masterpiece. The quality of lyric writing is exceptional in terms of intellectual rigour and imagination and the choruses are as moving as Mozart's C Minor Mass and Bach's St Matthew Passion. This music demands to be heard on a scale above and beyond the capabilities of domestic hi fi and I have often fantasised that Coleman et al could bring their music to a level on par with orchestral music on a grand scale - e.g. Wagner Ring Cycle, Beethoven's 9th, Shostakovich's 4th etc. I hope one day to hear this magnificent work played by a symphony orchestra with a chorus of thousands. Jaz Coleman is a true master of song craft both in his ability to engage your mind and stir the soul. Geordie's guitar has never sounded more arousing in the mix as it does here. It's the sonic equivalent of Jack Kirby's New Gods DC comic book series.

Natural Order 1982 - 1991
Natural Order 1982 - 1991
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Stunning Masterwork, 28 April 2013
I have listened to this album for last two weeks and nothing else and feel compelled to writing something about my experience of listening to it. As I understand it, this is a concept album that captures the essence of the band's musicality and the development of Mark Hollis's lyrics over a 9-year period. It's a carefully programmed, low-key affair that invites careful listening, patience and a reflective response to what you have heard. Intelligently constructed, the songs ebb and flow with effortless continuity and the sensation of being lost (in the music) is palpable. Incidentally, I believe the total playing time factor is immaterial with music such as this, it is what is and should be listened to for what it contains rather than what is missing. If you want the so-called "hits", look elsewhere; this album works on very different level. This compilation throws a new light on this mysterious group of musicians and in the context of contemporary song writing, confirms Hollis's position as one of Britain's finest songwriters. Comparisons with Scott Walker and David Sylvian are to my ears obvious but the work of the Hungarian poet, Paul Celan seems to haunt this work with a deep inflection. Taken as a work in it's own right, Natural Order is to my mind, a masterpiece of contemporary British music.

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