Skin (2) ‎– Shame, Humility, Revenge


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33 prod 11 Skin (2) Shame, Humility, Revenge(LP, Album) Product Inc. 33 prod 11 UK 1988 Sell This Version
cd prod 11 Skin (2) Shame, Humility, Revenge(CD, Album) Product Inc. cd prod 11 UK 1988 Sell This Version
30043 Skin (2) Shame, Humility, Revenge(LP, Album) Penguin 30043 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
33 prod 11 Skin (2) Shame, Humility, Revenge(LP, Album, TP) Product Inc. 33 prod 11 UK 1988 Sell This Version


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August 7, 2015
referencing Shame, Humility, Revenge, LP, Album, 33 prod 11

Always loved the music & words of this album and its twin: "Blood,women and roses". I finally got an original pressing and the sound is astounding. Beautiful DMM tonality.


March 6, 2011
referencing Shame, Humility, Revenge, LP, Album, 33 prod 11

These atmospheric tracks were recorded in London, October to December 1986, before the recording of Children of God in Cornwall during February & March the next year. The instruments include piano, keyboards, cello, piano, strings, violins, viola, double bass, acoustic guitar, Indian oboe, drum programming and 'sounds.'

Nowhere does Gira sound as human as on the grandly orchestral Nothing Without You where Jarboe’s spectral wordless vocals introduce and later interact with Gira’s slow groaning delivery over undulating strumming to create a feeling of genuine tenderness, an emotion not usually found in his music.

The brooding Everything at Once commences with electronic buzzing and raw rhythmic strumming that precede his semi-whispered and choral vocals until everything merges in an ominous maelstrom. On Breathing Water he sings against a highly complex arrangement that hints of Branca’s guitar symphonies & about a theme that echoes Swans albeit with lesser intensity, while Jarboe’s choral vocals eerily interact with his soft and gentle speaking voice on the ghostly Center of your Heart.

The semi-instrumental Cold Bed, a mix of humming, violins & viola embellished by darkly powerful piano & keyboards, is followed by 24 Hours where Jarboe’s other-worldly vocalizing prepares the way for Gira's voice which rises strong and bold, approaching the shouting mode found on later songs like New Mind.

In arrangement, theme and vocal style, One Small Sacrifice calls to mind Our Love Lies, that final word on spiritual exhaustion which is found on the 4-track EP Love Will Tear Us Apart and Children of God. Concluding the album on a majestic note of despair, Turned to Stone with its classical structure exhibits his world-weary groan over a haunting melody.

The sound shares a mournful spirituality with Children of God but its articulation takes a different track. There's a unique tone & texture to Shame, Humility, Revenge, something unlike anything that Swans, Body Lovers, Angels of Light or the revived Swans have ever done. The silver colored inner sleeve contains the credits on the front and the lyrics on the back.