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5.0 out of 5 stars Sympathy for the devil, 4 May 2008
This review is from: Saturnalia (Audio CD)
As always with these two masters of American Gothic, the sacred and the secular entwine like two sides of the same coin. Lanegan can sound like the very devil, his gravelled growl rising from the depths to add weight to Dulli's lapsed choirboy croon. Their writing styles are also complementary: Dulli's deft way with a rock song produces some of the album's smoother moments, like the swooping Radiohead-meets-Alice-in-Chains "God's Children" - while Lanegan gives us tracks like the lycanthropic "Bete Noire".

When they write together, they produce everything from rip-roaring single "Idle Hands" to the album's centrepiece - the swirling, ritualistic "Circle The Fringes". Probably the album's only weak point is the rather dated "Each To Each", over-decorated with mellotron and synths. Emotionally, though, it feels like a redemptive closing track, the light at the end of the long dark tunnel.

Then, abruptly, we come out into the light and birdsong and acoustic guitars welcome us back...into hell. Closer "Front Street" is perhaps the darkest song on this penumbral work; seductive, weary, yet glinting with malevolent glamour. When Lanegan snarls "we're gonna have us some fun", you know he isn't talking about a trip to the seaside.
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Initial post: 6 May 2008 11:28:06 BDT
01ferret says:
The intention was to warn those patronised by the elaborately polished reviews of an album that is truly terrible. American gothic is an artistic interpretation though, its very similar to American democracy, or the American dream perhaps...it's all fantasy. Did you read the other review by JD below? I'm not the only one......

In reply to an earlier post on 7 May 2008 18:07:46 BDT
C. O'Brien says:
Maybe you just don't like Americans? Or is it reviewers you don't like? Seriously, though, I'm at a loss to understand why you're so angry that other people might enjoy an album you don't. So what? I'm sure everyone's capable of making a choice.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 May 2008 12:16:28 BDT
01ferret says:
Come on dude, I bought this on the back of 5 star reviews. When i fired this cd on for its first listen, there was a great sense of anticipation. I felt completely disappointed, in fact bemused with its dire content and production. That's why I've taken the time to add my comment, its nothing personal or anti American. I need a reviewer I can trust with 5 stars......

In reply to an earlier post on 9 May 2008 18:41:10 BDT
C. O'Brien says:
I'm a lady, not a dude, actually - but I still don't understand why you only "trust" those people who agree with you. Isn't is normal for people to disagree on things? Reviews and other people's opinions can only be a rough guide. Something can have genuine quality and yet not appeal to everybody. It doesn't mean that those with a different opinion are wrong. what do you find so dire about the content and production? I'm just interested. I listen to hundreds of albums each year and for me, this was one of the best so far for 2008.
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