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The Signs In The Stars,
This review is from: Soft Black Stars (Vinyl)
This is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful secrets in music.
As Current 93 albums go, it's quite unusual. Gone are the twenty minute distorted choirs with anti-religious screaming, as too gone are the folky guitars, flutes and other odd instruments that cropped up on the records.
This album is almost purely piano and poetry, David Tibet's voice sounding more beautiful then ever before, and Maja Elliot's piano as heartbreaking as music comes.
The album sounds as if Tibet is shunning all that has come before him. His lyrics are, as is often said in regards to the album, deeply personal, and seem to deal with regret, and maybe exorcism of the past. The music itself, whilst beautiful, is no easy load. The piano is every bit as melancholy as Tibet's lyrics, and the mood changes very little throughout.
For those lucky enough to own the limited edition digipak, the album ends with a slight return to form, with Steven Stapleton and Michael Cashmore back onboard for the ten minute epic ambient 'Chewing On Shadows' - a heartbreaking ending to a heartbreaking album.
My personal favourites would be the un-hit single, A Gothic Love Song (track 3), The Signs In The Stars (track 8), and Whilst The Night Rejoyces Profound And Still (track 9), but this is certainly an album with no bad tracks.
For anyone after subtle but beautiful music, look no further.