- Audio CD (Jun 12 2001)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Import [Generic]
- ASIN: B000006XXW
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (1 customer review)
It's an album of great majesty and depth, achingly beautiful and profoundly eerie at the same time. The sampled choirs, Nick Cave's deadpan yet heartfelt vocal cameo, and, of course, Tibet's apocalyptic lyrics and unique voice all conspire to make this an essential disc to own.
The album as a whole derives loosely from the folk song "All the Pretty Little Horses," and develops into a sprawling fairy-tale like soundscape (think William Blake) with eschatological tendencies. Unlike much of Current 93's earlier work, the religious elements here aren't simply taken for granted. The album, through the motif of darkness and death, suggests a universe abandoned by the gods yet mired in the metaphysics of loss.
"The Bloodbells Chime," dedicated to the painter Louis Wain is thought by many Current 93 fans to be the group's most beautiful song. Also, Nick Cave contributes wonderfully to the title track and a spoken-word piece at the end.