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5.0 out of 5 stars The best Xymox album?, 19 Aug. 2010
This review is from: Twist Of Shadows (Audio CD)
After their first masterpiece, Medusa, Clan of Xymox left 4AD and reverted to their original name, Xymox, under which they pursued a somewhat softer, more upbeat direction. Fans often regard the Xymox years as somewhat offensively commercial, but the material was often stronger than in latterday Clan releases, and Twist of Shadows was in every sense the successor Medusa deserved. There's no filler here - every song contributes to the flow of the album, and every song could have been a radio hit. It's a perfect album, really: pop enough to lure indecisive goth kids onto the train, atmospheric enough to hold 4AD veterans' attention. It's the kind of album you discover decades after its release yet somehow still evokes nostalgia in you. The early Clan of Xymox followed the tradition of the Cure and Joy Division, both bands that morphed into new forms and interpretations. Xymox is perhaps more akin to Alphaville or Propaganda. Still, on this record the band's gothic element is well served in tracks like "Craving", "In a City" and "Clementina". The difference is that Twist of Shadows celebrates itself - take "Obsession", which starts out ominously, "You sit in your room/So dark and strange/With yellow candles/burning straight/Outside it rains...", before switching to the chorus, "It's just the way it should be/It's so right as rain". It's almost a laugh moment. Can a CD make you feel good about goth? Isn't that a contradiction?

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