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Soft Black Stars CD

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  • Audio CD (28 Feb. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Durtro
  • ASIN: B00074CBBA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
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Catalogue number Durtrousa 001 on the Durtro label with the following tracks: 1> Judas As Black Moth [2:45], 2> Larkspur And Lazarus [6:05], 3> A Gothic Love Song (For N.) [4:06], 4> Mockingbird [4:04], 5> Soft Black Stars [3:08], 6> It Is Time, Only Time [5:06], 7> Anti-Christ And Barcodes [2:26], 8> The Signs In The Stars [3:43], 9> Whilst The Night Rejoices Profound And Still [4:24], 10> Moonlight, Or Other Dreams, Or Other Fields [2:08], 11> Judas As Black Moth II [6:17], 12> Chewing On Shadows [14:48], 13> Chewing On Shadows (Vinyl Version) [12:06], 14> Chewing On Shadows (Unreleased Acoustic Version) [3:08].

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Format: 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".
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Format: Vinyl
Whilst Current 93's early work saw mainstay David Tibet wrestling with ideas on religion, apocalypse and the world at large, 1996's "Inmost Light" trilogy saw him turn his gaze inwards, examining his own life in uncomfortable depth. This exceptional album takes this even further. Paring down the C93 sound to just piano and Tibet's haunting and disturbed voice, these songs are intensly personal, an uneasy and, at times, genuinely distressing look into the author's emotional life. Clearly an examination of loss, probably death, David Tibet frames his most touching, poetic and upsetting lyrics to date with simple yet enthralling piano lines, written by long term collaborator Michael Cashmore. Only on the final track does the trademark C93 sound belatedly appear, with Steven Stapleton (C93's regular producer) and Christoph Heemann creating a cut-up, drone-fuelled atmosphere for Tibet's epilogue.
This is not an easy album to enjoy. But it is a compelling, emotive journey through loss, grief and personal darkness which repays every listen. Highest recommendation possible.
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