9/10 Mike Staff review, 28 February 2014
I've got a challenge on my hands here. About half an hour to write about the new Current 93 album, which is nearly 70 minutes long. Of course you can look to the press release if you want to know who's on it, which is basically everybody from Nick Cave to John Zorn, as usual. A cursory listen reveals lots of dusky, grandiose vocals with Tibet's hissy and venomous vocals taking centre stage over slowly grooving drums, funereal piano and jazzy sax honking as he works his way through his latest selection of strident death-pop hits.
There really isn't anyone out there who does quite what Current 93 does, and if there were he wouldn't be able to attract such ridiculous casts for every recording he makes. It's theatrical and almost ritualistic music with a shaking, rattling physicality to it despite its dirge-like pace. I had mixed feelings about that recent covers album which was a bit of a trudge at times, but this is a great reminder of what he's best at, seductive but poisonous pop spat from a Brundlefly mutation of Nick Cave, Luke Haines and Michael Gira.
Dramatic. I'm looking forward to properly getting my teeth into this one but first impressions are very positive.
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