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Pachouli soaked fantasmagoria!!!
on 6 June 2011
I always preferred The Mission to The Sisters of Mercy. The more melodic and human songwriting approach of Wayne Hussey always appealed more to me than the industrial doom of Andrew Eldritch.
'God's Own Medicine' was probably one of the outstanding rock albums of 1986 for my money.
Tracks like 'Wasteland', 'Bridges Burning','Blood Brother' 'And The Dance Goes On' and 'Sacrilege' are big, powerful rock juggernauts with some smooth rolling bass runs from Craig Adams, while 'Garden of Delight (hereafter)',the unintentionally amusing 'Love Me to Death' and 'Severina' show a more wistful, romantic side to the band.
'Stay With Me' is a catchy pop track with drinking song style chorus, and songs like 'Let Sleeping Dogs Die' and 'Island in a Stream' are effective low key tracks with good vocal performances from Hussey.
The stand out track for me though is 'Dance on Glass' with it's graphic lyrical imagery and tribal style percussion. It's A dark, yet beautiful track which really draws you in to it's atmosphere.
Vocally, Wayne Hussey proves to have far more range, power and emotion than any other singer whose band he'd played in (Pete Burns, Andrew Eldritch), and he contributes some skilled songwriting too.
Simon Hinkler's guitar adds depth, atmosphere and drama to what is already a heady brew and the rhythm section is smart and unfussy, allowing the rest of the music to flow beautifully.
I can't recommend this album enough. There's more to it than just plain goth, so step back into the 1980's and savour this little masterpiece.