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After Dusk comes darkness,
This review is from: Naked Self (Audio CD)
Make no mistake, this is one DARK album! Having followed The The from their early days in the 1980s through to their last release several years ago, it came as quite a surprise to hear this album. Not quite what you'd call a triumphant comeback, more of an update on Matt Johnson's ever-downbeat state of mind (a situation which, in the past, has given rise to some of the 80's and 90's finest music). Struggles with paranoia, depression and addictions have made themselves evident on Naked Self in the sparseness of the production and the lack of accessibility (you won't find anything approaching a single anywhere here). However, repeated listenings open up the door a little and show that, if nothing else, Matt Johnson is a true original and ought to be praised for his uncompromising approach, particularly after being dropped by his previous record company and left to fend for himself. I expect further listens to bring increasing rewards and, who knows, maybe I'll end up thinking this is the best album he's ever done. However, for his next project, Matt should consider making something a little more upbeat or accessible (which is not to say mainstream), lest he repels even his die-hard fans. the previous The The album (discounting the Hanky Panky experiment) - released in 1996 - was called Dusk. I suppose it's only fitting that Dusk should be followed by such darkness. And after the darkness, what next? Let us await the dawn of a new day for The The.