Inspired & inspirational,
This review is from: You Come Before You (Audio CD)
An astonishing album and one of the finest this reviewer has heard 'You come before You' is must-have for anyone who likes intense, brutal yet beautiful music. This record is artistic without sounding pompous or self-absorbed. Crushing, soothing, cathartic and entrancing, You Come Before You is all these things and more. Released in 2003 this, the best release from PTW so far is a huge evolution from the already rather good 'Tear from the red' (2002), in such a short space of time. The intensity and rage of their early more hardcore days has been channeled and is used to devastating effect, enhanced by more melodic, softer interludes (check out 'A)The view from here is B)A brick wall' which with its calm beginning lures the listener into a relaxing space full of warming sounds only to be given a harsh yet riveting wake-up call in the second part of the song.
A landmark release, with no weak tracks, the lead song/single is the incredibly moving 'Apathy is a cold body' in which the powerful music is matched by inspired & emotionally charged lyrics to devastating effect (and if you hear just one song, make it this one), which in truth is a hallmark of this record. 'The realist' 'Loved ones...' and 'For a bandaged iris' are other (personal) highlights but really the album benefits greatly from being listened to in its entirety and in its original running order as each track, like a chapter of an unputdownable page-turner novel flows perfectly into the next.
Poison The Well set rather than follow trends so it'll be very interesting to see what they do with their next album, but it'll probably be something very special. File under: essential.