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Little children snuggle under Soft Black Stars,
This review is from: Soft Black Stars (Vinyl)
Stunning...utterly stunning. I can find no words to accurately describe how much I love this album. It is unlike anything Current93 have ever done before, or after. The simple, yet powerful piano lines of Michael Cashmore and David Tibet's unique voice are the dominant instrumentation present. Less most definitely is more.
The songs themselves are deeply personal, chronicling Tibet's life and loves and hates, most notably in the venomous "Gothic Love Song", which carries a faint hint of an orchestra beneath it, hinting at the over-the-top "manifest decadence" of the lyrics' antagonist.
A lot of people say that this is not an easy album, but personally I found it the most accessible and consistent of all C93's work. But it does have its unsettling moments, such as the final track's one and only line "The car sweeps by with a murdered child, the car sweeps by with a violated girl..."
It is also worth buying Antony and the Johnsons' "I Fell in Love with a Dead Boy" single for their moving rendition of "Soft Black Stars".