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Originally released in 1994, Current 93's masterpiece Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre followed the classic Thunder Perfect Mind album and marked another leap forward for the band. Michael Cashmore's gorgeously delicate guitar, augmented by drones, bells, and sound manipulations, help to make this one of C93's most musically hypnotic albums, with David Tibet's vocals and text adding a quietly controlled power and drama virtually unsurpassed in the Current 93 canon. This reissue has been completely remastered and features newly designed artwork in a full-color digipack with a 20-page booklet.
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Mr. Wind-Up Bird
17 May 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
One person found this helpful.
I don't know if this is some new art form in music, or some old form rediscovered, or both, but I like it very much. There's not much I can write that hasn't been written already by others here. The arrangements are superb, and the lyrics touch something in me, as well as Tibet's vocal delivery. The surreal undercurrents, provided, I suspect, in large part by Nurse With Wound's Steven Stapleton, are perfectly integrated into the mix. This record and All the Pretty Horses (the Inmost Light release that also contains the two EPs, Where the Long Shadows Fall and The Stars Are Marching Sadly Home) are, for me, Tibet's strongest work, which isn't to say I don't like the many others that came before and after. This is a mature, perfectly realized recording of a single work divided into "songs" that flow from one into another. Thunder Perfect Mind gets more praise, typically, but this is a better record in my opinion. I see TPM as a stepping stone to something more perfectly realized here, and on Pretty Horses.
Jonathon M. Rose
1 November 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
3 people found this helpful.
I'll start this with saying that I'm relatively new to Current 93, basically meaning I've been listening to them for less than a year and only have this, Soft Black Stars, Sleep..., and Black Ships. Furthermore folk per se isn't really my favorite genre though my tastes are extremely eclectic. I buy a lot of disks so have around 500 disks or so, and though being a Christian I typically hate most Christian music as its puerile poorly written drivel with little to no brains behind it. All this is to say that this is the most beautiful disk I own. Its beauty is not in the typical sense, as Tibet's vocals can be at times very jarring (as in the Miserere section from "Moonlight") but it is aching beautiful in its intensity, and purity and lyric beauty. It's a disk to meditate to, and to quietly think on the ways of God and our own limited understanding of His ways and really of the world as a whole. This is to be taken of course as a whole piece of music, still some pieces stand out. This World Makes Great Blood was an early stand out with its hypnotic chorus and sheer power. For lyric and spiritual beauty I find track XII: Dormition and Dominion hard to top in any way. From the historical references to St. Eustace and the stag to death being over come and the building ending of "Dominion - Father you rule" the power of this piece rarely fails to bring tears to my eyes, its simply gorgeous. So if you want one of the most achingly beautiful and meditatively profound pieces of music of the modern age this album is well worth getting, as are their other albums. Black Ships is of what I own their most intense and driving, but if you want a quite album to meditate and think and feel to, you will find no better album than Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Starre.
Let Us Go To The Rose
31 March 2008 - Published on Amazon.com
2 people found this helpful.
This album should be played in conjunction with a reading of The Secret of the Rosary, particularly "the Seventh Rose", as well as Lives of the Saints, with special emphasis on the lives of Saints Genevieve and Julian. An intense and unhurried masterpiece, Of Ruine Or Some Blazing Star is like one rose in a decade of the Rosary. Definitely one of Current 93's best. Let us go to the Rose, indeed.
29 May 2017 - Published on Amazon.com
top good man
my all time favourite record
28 March 2002 - Published on Amazon.com
12 people found this helpful.
This is, without any doubt, one of the best c93 records. It is incredibly cohesive both in music and quality/imagery of the lyrics (it is said in the liner notes it should be regarded as one piece of music), but it doesn't get even close to being boring at ANY point of the whole recording. Why? Because the substance, the meaning, the point the album develops from the very beginning til the end is extremely powerful, completely focused and vivid. What supports the meaning of the words is incredible passion and enthusiasm of Tibet's vocal which has meaning within itself. You could listen to the WAY he expresses himself without listening to the actual words and actually hear everything. Every little subtlety is there in his voice. Also, his poetry is extremely inspired, it always is, but on this record particularly. The music supports the vocal perfectly. It is consisted of Cashmore's guitar compositions which are really incredible and very effective drones by Steven Stapleton which really do add a surreal and deeper tone to it all, shifting music to some other plane (as if it wasn't shifted already). The drones swirl around Cashmore's guitar and Tibet's voice taking compositions out of time and space. This piece of art is timeless as it deals with things that shall exist as long as there are humans. Do not miss this delicate spiritual experience.
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