Current 93 ‎– Baalstorm, Sing Omega

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I Dreamt I Was Æon
With Flowers In The Garden Of Fires
December 1971
Baalstorm! Baalstorm!
Passenger Aleph In Name
Tanks Of Flies
The Nudes Lift Shields For War
Night! Death! Storm! Omega!
I Dance Narcoleptic

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NIFE 010V Current 93 Baalstorm, Sing Omega(LP, Album, Red) Coptic Cat NIFE 010V UK 2010 Sell This Version
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Beyond_John

Beyond_John

January 26, 2017
referencing Baalstorm, Sing Omega, LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Gol, NIFE 010V
I didn't like this when I first listened to it, but grew to like it very much. Heady stuff, unique. Tibet and friends are in their own category of "art" or whatever, and seem never "of their time." It's no wonder that each album takes some getting used to, as its unlikely anything like it has come before, from C93 or anyone. I am glad such an outsider project can and has for a long time, continue to create and release such original and intelligent work.
bullfinchart

bullfinchart

May 30, 2016
edited about 1 year ago
referencing Baalstorm, Sing Omega, CD, Album, Dig, NIFE 010CD

I'll be the first to admit that David Tibet's lyrics are difficult, often impenetrable; yet even so, I find it difficult to trace any conceptual link between this and the previous two parts of the supposed trilogy, Aleph at Hallucinatory Mountain and Black Ships Ate the Sky. It does, however, seem to be a trilogy of albums gradually cutting ties with the group's '90s incarnation. Where Aleph... was the first major C93 album without Michael Cashmore since the '80s, Baalstorm... sees the disappearance of Steven Stapleton from the ranks for the first time.

Much like the album before it, Baalstorm is largely based around repetitive, looping backing tracks. For me, Michael Cashmore's absence was very difficult to accept at first: without his tight compositional skills, the songs seems rambling and aimless. Much of the album has a stream of consciousness feel which is a stark contrast to the melodic, verse/chorus structures of the group's older sound. Over time, however, the album began to grow on me for what it is, and I realised there is a lot of beautiful music on show here.

Following the epic Black Ships and heavy rock sound of Aleph, Baalstorm is a much quieter, more intimate affair. Of anything in the C93 catalogue, it bears most similarity with All the Pretty Little Horses, with a blend of acoustic guitar, piano, glockenspiel, electronics and children's shouting joining Tibet's vocals. 'With Flowers in the Garden of Fires' brings in a middle eastern feel; 'I Dance Narcoleptic', with its fairground organ, is one of the most absurd and disorienting pieces the group have recorded for years. The run of 'Passenger Aleph in Name', 'Tanks of Flies' and 'The Nudes Lift Sheilds for War' showcases Current 93 at its melodic best, with three of the most beautiful songs in the band's vast catalogue. In contrast, the intense 'December 1971' and 'Baalstorm! Baalstorm!' highlight the newer direction I mentioned earlier, each gradually building around a single chord psychedelic backing. The only weak link on the album is 'Night! Death! Storm! Omega!' which, with Tibet reading two different texts on top of each other, is as impenetrable and self-indulgent as the self-parody-like title suggests.

What Tibet is singing about on Baalstorm, Sing Omega is difficult to comprehend. While previous albums have revealed hints of meaning after multiple plays (some more than others), the lyrics here remain as confusing as ever to me despite repeated listening and reading. It's likely that the sexual imagery in many of the songs has something to do with the divorce he was going through at the time (that or a mid-life crisis); the album's 'explanation' in the liner notes, with tales of airport terminals and kebab houses, only really adds to the confusion.

If Baalstorm, Sing Omega isn't quite on the same level as career highlights like Thunder Perfect Mind and Soft Black Stars, it is certainly a strong album, and one that manages to Current 93's sound forward without losing trace of why those past albums are loved so. Recommended listening.
Beyond_John

Beyond_John

April 23, 2015
referencing Baalstorm, Sing Omega, CD, Album, Dig, NIFE 010CD
Another great album by C93, musically and lyrically, always evolving.
Beyond_John

Beyond_John

April 16, 2015
referencing Baalstorm, Sing Omega, LP, Album, Red, NIFE 010V
Good Good Good. Definitely worth the money. I don't miss the "old C93 spirit" because I can return to it, as least as recorded, but C93 keeps moving, and the attentive and somewhat educated listener will notice that it keeps getting better and better... not as accessible perhaps, meaning don't rely on the first or second or third listen... these pieces & lyrics need to wear some new grooves in your brain before it all comes together and you're left dumb-founded and addicted to the greatness of it. That's my experience, anyway.
saints.richard

saints.richard

August 18, 2012
referencing Baalstorm, Sing Omega, CD, Album, Dig, NIFE 010CD

How many different edition does this have ?? Bad Bad Bad. Don't waste your money on this. I really miss the old C93 spirit.