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posted a review of Glaare - To Deaf and Day. 4 months ago
Much better than you usually find for the dream pop genre, takes a few listens but it doesn't tire either. Lovely female vocals, lush instrumentation and not cliche either, great solid debut. Something to seek for on vinyl too.
posted a comment on Mercy Machine - In Your Bed (The Remixes). 6 months ago
There is also a 2CD of “In Your Bed” the original release 2002 which came first with the second CD the instrumentals, I’m listening to it right now, Shame they didn’t put out more music, they were amazing musicians as well as artists and writers.
posted a review of Mercy Machine - Mercy Machine. 6 months ago
The booklet says 1996, an old favorite of mine, reminds me of my 4AD days just a bit
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posted a comment on Deleyaman - The Lover The Stars & The Citadel. over 3 years ago
One of the best releases this year and the next. Great lyrics and vocals, primarily in French, some English, beautiful, haunting and stoic. 5 stars plus
posted a comment on Dark Poem - The Fire Lives Inside. over 4 years ago
This reminds me of Laurie Anderson and Monica Richards and a bit of old Siouxie. A dark playful blend of witch music is how i would describe it. Fun, and pretty damn good. Even better than the first release. I think they're next effort will be the tops. See full review
posted a comment on Culture Club. over 4 years ago
Enjoyable and controversial, what a voice too. I saw them perform live recentlty (August 15th 2016) in Saratoga and they put on a real show. Original line up almost with a big backing band and every song was standing ovation. George had to keep asking... See full review
posted a comment on The Ophelia's Garden - Loveternal. over 5 years ago
This is their masterpiece. Beautiful female and male vocals, dark romantic pop in the gothic sense, great lyrics and excellent music, everyone should have this in their music collection. This is for the advanced mature music connoisseur and not for... See full review
posted a comment on The Ophelia's Garden - Blood Wedding. over 5 years ago
His voice reminds me of a young David Sylvian perhaps "secrets of the beehive" era but with a classical gothic overtone. The lyrics are thought provoking, the music is mellow dramatic. This album is not as good as their next release but then again,... See full review
posted a comment on Amurekimuri - Amurekimuri. over 5 years ago
One of my favorite dream pop albums, beautiful and well made.
posted a comment on Les Modules Etranges. over 5 years ago
I love this band. The Dawn album, the first one is just amazing, reminds me of another French band I dare not mention because the Dawn album is so good and original. Also reminds me just a bit of early Cocteau Twins. The Dusk album is also an... See full review
posted a comment on Strange Boutique - Live Unplugged At Planet X. over 5 years ago
What a great recording. I was surprised how happy she sounds between songs. A couple great cover songs here too. I love her stories and her vocals never disappoint. This may be my favorite SB recording in fact because it is so alive and fresh and in... See full review
posted a comment on The Colour Of Spring - Fish. over 5 years ago
One of my favorite albums. Goth but soft and sweet. Older but doesn't sound eighties or nineties or dated much at all. Great lyrics, vocals and songs. 10 stars.
posted a comment on 13th Chime - Complete Discography. over 6 years ago
What a wonderful combination of post punk and gothic style, leaning more on the post punk. A very fun enjoyable and chaotic listen. Better than I even imagined and way ahead of their time for sure, like totally.
posted a comment on Halou - We Only Love You. over 6 years ago
The first two tracks really get things started. I also love the full version of I'll Carry You. Another strong release from a band that should have had even greater recognition.
posted a comment on Halou - Wiser. over 6 years ago
This is their big release really, this put them on the map and I remember when it came out. I felt like it was a huge progression in the electronic, trip hop, and ethereal movements of the day. This is right up there with Portishead. Halou have... See full review
posted a comment on Halou - Wholeness & Separation. over 6 years ago
Beautiful, just like their name sounds like an exotic butterfly so does the music. Highly recommended.
posted a comment on Stripmall Architecture. over 6 years ago
This band always exceeds my expectations with each new release. I love them to bits.
posted a comment on Bohémien - Bohémien. over 6 years ago
What a great album, really makes me look and listen to more Italian gothic bands.
posted a comment on Elysium (2) - The Last Revolving Door. over 6 years ago
This is a great album and I love the vocals. I wish it was a bit more goth. At first I thought it sounded a little too eighties but as you get into it, not the case and transcends labels. Just great music. Great male vocals and great guitar work. Wish... See full review
posted a comment on Silversun Pickups - Pikul. over 6 years ago
Great find on Ebay for $20. Love the music and the coke bottle clear green vinyl but the cover is so thin and cheaply done, wow. Tracks 5-6 are my faves. Glad it was made but could have been slightly better.
posted a comment on Dark Poem - Tales From The Shades. over 6 years ago
Not the most talented or best produced yet approach and formula with feeling equals A-.
Card sleeve case is fairly inexpensively made but still a fun ride, goth on the end of instinct at the turnstile of primitive, almost sounds like Strawberry... See full review
posted a comment on The Drums (2). over 6 years ago
They must have been heavily influenced by The Smiths because the lyrics mimic Morrissey and the music is along the same pop jangle feel good even if feeling bad. I L-O-V-E this band and sad to hear the third album is just two guys. Say it isn't so, whaa!
posted a comment on Ingrid Chavez - A Flutter And Some Words. over 6 years ago
I think it her lyrics and approach to song writing that seems so natural and so introspective that made me fall in love with this album. The stories in the songs really touch me and this has become one of my favorite releases this year. I could... See full review
posted a comment on Unto Ashes - Ghosts Captured. over 6 years ago
Excellent set of covers. Limited to 200 copies. Digipak. Great band.
posted a comment on Lisa Gerrard - Twilight Kingdom. over 6 years ago
CD is in digipak format and the music is stunning. Available direct from her website.
posted a comment on Kate Bush - Aerial. over 6 years ago
I've played this on my stereo and have not heard any problems at all (as described below). This is an album that definitely sounds better on vinyl too. It was $50 when it first came out and I would visit it at the record store until I finally bought... See full review
posted a comment on Blessing In Disguise - Morpheus. over 6 years ago
Great goth band with a strong dose of post punk, melodic songs, great lyrics that you can understand. They remind me of what The Beauty of Gemina have done and a few other bands like the first album by the Clan of Xymox. Beautiful acoustic guitar.... See full review
posted a comment on Lives Of Angels - Elevator To Eden. over 6 years ago
Put this out on CD please, somebody....
posted a comment on Half Church - 1980 - 1986. over 6 years ago
I really like this album. It is timeless to me. Post punk at its best. I do hear just a bit of goth undertones too. Wish they had put out more material.
posted a comment on Bluefield - Struggling In Darkness. over 6 years ago
Better than one would expect. It is almost a blue print of what other bands have tried and done for the last couple decades. I am glad that the industrial element is kept fairly minimal. Issued with press release in German and English. Does have a bit... See full review
posted a comment on City Limits (2) - [First]. over 6 years ago
Reminds me of the best of the old 4AD era. Reminds me of early Cocteau Twins/Collection D'Arnell Andrea/Siouxie Sioux and the Banshees. I really wish they put out more music on CD. What a great album. Track 4 is fun pop song with a dark-wave speedway feel. See full review
posted a comment on Shadows As Tall As Trees - Shadows As Tall As Trees. over 6 years ago
The debut release for the record was at the famous and long defunct Club called One Step Beyond in Santa Clara, California on August 31st, 1987. I used to go this Club with friends back in the day. They had some amazing acts and some real posers but... See full review
posted a comment on Two Pale Figures - Different Ways. over 6 years ago
More on the ethereal side than the darkwave side. Beautiful female vocals, soft rock with a touch of electronics. Hard to find, grab it if you can.
posted a comment on Calling Dead Red Roses - 1985. over 6 years ago
It's so bad it's good kind of vocals, way ahead of its time, track 5 for example is quite exquisite. Wish they had stayed on this project for an additional album before splitting into other successful groups.
posted a comment on Ophelia's Sweet Demise - Dark Serenade. over 6 years ago
Black Tears is one of my favorite goth songs. Great album too, reminds me so much of The Cure without any of the cliches or pretensions. The music alone is beautifully done.
posted a comment on Raven Adore - Let's Watch Flowers Bloom. over 6 years ago
Even better than their previous work with SN. Hard to find but worth the search.
posted a comment on My Sweet Sorrows - Silent Hours' EP. over 7 years ago
Hard to compare this with anything else. It is a bit odd, dark vocals yet I wish it was a bit more goth than say alternative rock. Still a nice find for a cheap price.
posted a comment on Morrissey - Ringleader Of The Tormentors. over 7 years ago
I love these songs. What a treat for us, the listeners. Any one can be a critic but try being something more. At first I thought this album sounded like a bunch of b-sides with a few stronger songs but after many listens, it is a great album. The... See full review
posted a comment on Dark Muse - Sounds From Beyond The Silver Wheel. over 7 years ago
Came with a 3" bonus disc. Beautiful drone with ethereal vocals, unusual approach to music making, reminds me of a spider in a web and the outcome is dramatic yet soothing.
posted a comment on Morrissey. over 7 years ago
When it comes to artists and I don't mean groups "Morrissey" is right up there at the top with the greats. My top 5 picks would be Morrissey, David Bowie, David Sylvian, Patti Smith and Peter Murphy (Yes, Elvis is great too). Morrissey is a great... See full review
posted a comment on Oasis (2). over 7 years ago
I remember when their hit songs were playing on the radio in the 90's, I could never get past the vocals, just got on my nerves. Sad they didn't fix that in the studio first before releasing it. They had some catchy tunes too. When I go back now to... See full review
posted a comment on Konkrete Kantikle - Konkrete Kantikle. over 7 years ago
It's an interesting sort of thing, very bland and yet takes you into the aether wishing for more.
At first you might think this is non music or someone who just started playing with gadgets but this album really is the goal of such artists as the... See full review
posted a comment on Gossamer - Closure. over 7 years ago
Great find for $2 at the used record store. Even better than I expected after reading all the rave reviews on Amazon. Very comprehensive goth album, great lyrics and vocals, reminds me of The Cure one minute, Astrovamps the next and countless other... See full review
posted a comment on Janara - Crocus, Mint & Fennel. over 7 years ago
Hard to get into due to her over killing the vocals, yet still an interesting and harder version of dark-wave. It will get on your nerves before it gets under your skin.
posted a comment on Lia Fail - Stop Crying. over 7 years ago
First release on Green printed paper made by the band. Early demo music in Digibook A5 size in plastic sleeve format with band info, lyrics and release dates on separate promo sheet. Made in Italy as all other releases by the band so far. White... See full review
posted a comment on Lia Fail - Restless Eyes. over 7 years ago
Digibook format in plastic slip case. Professional CD-r disc. Great music, limited edition of 90.
posted a comment on Lia Fail - Leipzig. over 7 years ago
Digibook format in plastic slipcase limited edition of 110. Professional CD-r disc. The band used a few of the same songs on a few different release making changes to the arrangements. Some songs are redone and used on the Cynical Stones album.
posted a comment on This Mortal Coil - Dust & Guitars. over 7 years ago
Bought this direct from 4AD the day it came out for a fairly cheap price. Comes in beautiful mini record sleeve type holder with Obi strip. The music is fantastic to say the least. I even met John Fryer in Santa Cruz and talked to him for quite a... See full review
posted a comment on Lili Refrain - 9. over 7 years ago
Love this. Very dreamy and dark and harder than what I would be used to at times. The new album of theirs is more accessible but this has its own heavier darker charm. The art work of 9 comes with a box and a few extras and just about as beautiful as... See full review