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Death shines her joyless light...,
This review is from: One Last Laugh in a.. (Audio CD)Debut album "Scenes From The 2nd Storey" saw them thrown into the Industrial genre pool along with Skinny Puppy, KMFDM and others, but this their second album transcends anything that could in anyway be classed Industrial.
Sparse, desolate, haunting and beautiful. "One Last Laugh In A Place Of Dying" is a fitting epitaph to one of the most original and overlooked bands of the early ninties and to the tragically early death of bassist Jimmy Fernandez. Death and loneliness haunt the recording. It is sad and dark but avoids morbidity. It lilts and flows along on cold, crisp riffs interspersed with jagged shards of rage. "You said life could be painless, well that's not what i found." You can hear the heartstrings snapping in anger and frustration.
This is one for moments of cool reflection when you just want to turn the lights off and bathe in the utter desolation of life continuing after death; I cannot recommend this album highly enough.
Thankfully there is a silver cloud to this document of woe, Robin Proper-Sheppard, the surviving half of the band, formed and is still recording with his band "Sophia." They are cooler and quieter but still well worth checking out.
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2010 22:22:18 BDT
Please note that the review is saying the bassist died before he finished recording. this is not true, the album was recorded and mixed and due for release when Jimmy died. But the review is right, this is a stunning album actually my favourite of all time.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2010 12:34:44 BDT
Uh, no i don't.
I say 'tragically early death' and 'fitting epitaph' and 'death and loneliness haunt the recording' all of which are true.
Also, if i recall, this was titled, packaged and released after the death of Jimmy Fernandez. The whole title and beautifully sparse artwork was in reaction to that.
And, it is one of the greatest albums of all time.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2010 17:42:59 BDT
Well actually you say this 'Death and loneliness haunt the recording. It is sad and dark but avoids morbidity' which gives the idea he died and they recorded afterwards.
I really don't think this album had anything to do with death, because they were all very happy making this recording, I know this as I was seeing them live a lot around this time.
But least we agree this is a truly one of the greatest albums of all time
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