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Romancing the razorblade? - ouch!
on 3 February 2006
This album works on two levels. If you want to be depressed you can concentrate on the lyrics and not really take note of the music. If you want to listen to great music with a gothic twist then listen to the lyrics AND the music. Although there was a lot of criticism surrounding the band's preoccupation with love and death (one usually leading to another, even when the relationship seems to be going well), the overall effect of the album is not one that makes you want to slash your (and your loved one's) wrists, it is, in a bizarre way, rather uplifting and you WILL be moshing your head.
Look out for the excellent cover version of Chris Isaak's 'Wicked Game' (also buy the original because it is fab).
In summary, this is an excellent album. Gothic rock which is not over the top (in a Cradle of Filth way) or depressing.
The reason that it gets only 3 stars instead of 5 is that personally, I have to give this album time out, that is, after listening to it a couple of times, I lay it to rest for a few months and then pick it back up again. This is because the singer's voice can be a little grating from time to time.