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Smoke & Mirrors

Smoke & Mirrors

11 May 2009
4.7 out of 5 stars 27 customer reviews

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I can't remember looking forward to an album so much for years.

There are the obvious nods to The Fields of the Nephilim (which is hardly surprising) and proof that Julianne Regan is still one of the most talented lyricists and singers around, yet the whole ensemble add their own touches to the album that elevates it above what could have been simply an exercise in 'Goth supergroup goes through the motions'.

'To Believe in Something' is truly special, but you just cannot find a bad track on the album.

An instant classic. More music should be made this way!
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Take some 'Fields of the Nephilim' (especially the bass lines), throw in some 'All about Eve' (not necessarily the tracks with Julianne Regan), a pinch of 'Portishead', a touch of 'Massive Attack', mix together with a few new ingredients and out pops this very good album. In particular it goes through an excellent middle section (tracks 3-7) which are just a joy to relax to in the car. You need to be able to hear the basslines though. The songs can even prevent frustration in a traffic jam!
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This is a great album... not a single bad track... captures all the best of All About Eve and brings it right up to date. Give it a couple of listens and you'll be addicted... It's been top of my playlist since I bought it.
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Well it was worth the wait , this is an outstandingly beautiful album. The future of goth is saved by the safe hands of Mr Steve Carey and Tony Pettit and there vast array of talented buddies. There is not a bad track on this album. The melodic guitar work , the sweeping electronics , the awesome signature Pettit bass and the voice of angels all in perfect unison. If you only buy one album this year make sure it is this one. You wont be disapointed .

5 Stars
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If I were to tell you that The Eden House was a collaborative project between an ex-member of the Fields Of The Nephilim and an ex-member of This Burning Effigy, then I would perfectly understand if you started to ease yourself towards the door, muttering about how late it was, and how you're sure you left the oven this morning, and about you'd forget your mum was coming to stay for a week, and you're sure she's sitting at the airport waiting for you, and if all else fails faking a seizure and rushing out to get your meds from the car.

However, you would be doing a grave disservice to Stephen Carey, formerly of This Burning Effigy, and Tony Pettitt, formerly of the Fields Of The Nephilim. Good job I didn't mention the presence of Julianne Regan from All About Eve, some Faith & The Musers and a handful of assorted Nephilims and Nefilims. It's like your own personal gothfest. Luckily for all concerned, then, that this is a remarkably good, albeit quiet project.

Carey and Pettit have gone for a fairly minimalist approach, with textures and ambiences filling out a surprisingly melodic and strong set of songs. It's as if the music has been stripped back to a skeletal structure before being fleshed out in diaphanous membranes. Jump on to the second track, 'All My Love', where Julianne Regan contributes her first vocal, and prepare to be amazed. And so it continues with the standout tracks 'Iron In The Soul', 'Fire For You' and 'The Beauty Of Science'.

I never expected to be blown away by this, but I was. You should give it a chance.
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Feminine, swooning and sensuous are hardly adjectives associated with albums that fall roughly under the labels of `goth', `metal' or even `gothic metal' and yet these are the most apt for the lovely and rather paradoxical `Eden House Project' album `Smoke and Mirrors'. The undoubted steely and tough core is swathed in the delicate layers of unashamed romantacism.
The opener `To Believe in Something' is pleasingly synthy with powerful drum layers that is almost reminiscent of the really good bits of the 1980's. However the oddly ambiguous lyric that could address questions bigger than love itself prevent it from ever waving too much of a laced gloved hand to the era it nods to but never steals from.
`All My Love' is a sensuous affair that opens like the even darker cousin to David Lynch's Twin Peaks. This is over-scored by dark and feminine lyrics, that hooray, capture the essence of female sexual desire without sounding either wishy washy nor goth girl bunny boiler. It is heartening to see a band, that is comprised largely of men that seem comfortable with strong female brain, voice and yes, heart.
The sensuality continues and becomes even more (a)rousing on `Reach Out' which features a bass line so thundering, they can hear it in Berlin.
Things take a slightly different turn on the slightly Eastern tinged `Trashed Treasure'. With its incessant slightly other world violins juxtaposed with the thrust of the song, it could be a song sang by a siren of an Eastern brothel, 200 years ago.
Iron In the Soul is the black hole of the album, but in a bloody good way. Reminiscent of `Mezzanine' era `Massive Attack' it absorbs all light from the album, and yet amongst the strong and complex instrumentation of the surrounding songs on the album, it really works.
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