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Soft Black Stars [Import]

Current 93 Audio CD
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The bande's fyrst album since '96's All The Pretty Horses gets you ten new songs plus the single "A Gothic Love Song". Played by the all-star line-up of David Tibet, Michael Cashmore, Steven Stapleton, and Christoph Heeman. First 5,000 CD's contain an extra 10-minute song which will not appear on subsequent pressings. Six sided full colour digipak with artwork by David Michael Bunting.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Different from the other albums but GREAT! March 19 2004
Format:LP Record
I stayed away from this one for quite awhile-- first to get used to Current 93's "apocalyptic folk" style (I considered it a sell-out compared to their excellent early albums), then because it is just piano. Finally, I gave it a try, and the first thing I realized is that this man can make his songs work with just piano. "A Gothic Love Song" is of course a hit, but there are many other songs that deal so poignantly with loss of a loved one and all manner of ravings about Christ. I can't say I am crazy about the piano solo tracks-- wish they'd tuned the piano and it's just not so interesting without Tibet. Guitars or no guitars, I would take this one hands down as a very personal and visceral effort over "Sleep has his house" (for example) any day.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasingly soft and consistent album July 16 2004
Format:LP Record
Somberly soft tone. A clearer and sparser project than the nevertheless equally listenable SLEEP HAS HIS HOUSE. I can take in Tibet's vocals before I get around to really listening to the lyrical matter. So that says that the music is immediate and his voice is musical as always. AND A CORRECTION? -- The liner notes say *David Tibet* did the artwork, not Bunting as the critic's review here says. I wouldn't think it's an alias...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Softer and blacker Oct. 20 2006
By MarkF - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The title of this album, referencing the redoubtable Thomas Ligotti's 'Teattro Grottesco' wass enough to interest me. That it was another product of the prolific and diverse Current 93 further whetted my apetite.

The pieces here are quieter and more minimal than one might expect, with David Tibet intoning his words to a skeletal Satie-esque piano accompaniment. The words and music meld into a timeless, crystalline beauty. There are too many elements to catalogue here, but in many ways this can be considered an autobiographical album. By the standards of Current 93 it is extremely accessible, and I would hope that more people would take the time to experience and enjoy the subtle beauty.

The minimalism of these compositions is significant. Not a word, not a note is wasted. The listener is presented with glittering fragments of life. These soft black stars are our friends, unlike Dr. Groddeck's.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What songwriting should be. June 28 2005
By PAUL BROWN - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Easily one of the top 10 albums I've ever had the pleasure of coming across. David Late Tibet's songwriting hits some very personal notes-assuming for him and the listener. As the father of a 2 yr old, Soft Black Stars, in particular, has touched me.

As with all Current 93's work, it is sublime and about much more than the music. A must have.
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5.0 out of 5 stars often misunderstood Aug. 15 2004
By Z. Komar - Published on Amazon.com
Format:LP Record
many people seem to want another nature unveiled or thunder perfect mind or some other great c93 album repeated. i find that possible only if c93 is superficially understood, so one doesn't see the substance of current's work and that is a specific spiritual life made manifest through expression in the broadest sense of the word. expression can be a hum, a whisper, words, noise, melody, guitar, piano...: when music is considered - anything audible, even lack of sound - silence. this work is not even a bit less expressionistic than nature unveiled and far more expresionistic than thunder perfect mind for example (i'm comparing to these particular records not because i think they're most important, but because most of people glorify these records). therefore, i do not find it possible to separate current's "soundscapes" from "apocalyptic folk" from "minimalist piano work" etc. as long as the music is expressionistic, free and full of meaning. (i find terms like "soundscapes" and "apocalyptic folk" silly, but i'm using them for practical reasons).

inner life of current's music is consistent and honest evolution of spirit, and all their records come from heart. music itself is just an outside form that this inner life takes. so i find criticism like "the sound is lacking" or "it isn't nature unveiled" just superficial and completely beside the point. many people here have written about what this record IS NOT, but at the same time they are blind for what this record IS. i don't see what's the point in writing such reviews.

i don't think there are "tracks" that can be separated one from another here as well, because this album works as a whole perfectly, the tone is the same from beginning til the end, but not "boring", "lacking" or "monotonous" - it is modest, honest, introspective and meditative. the sheer, bare honesty of tibet's vocal and of the atmosphere that music creates here is absolutely stunning.

plus, "a gothic love song" is a manifest, it's a war against pose, vanity and pettiness present in so many people involved with this "scene" today (although there is no "scene" at all, only inside of heads of those same people). it's not just a song, it's a course in life being taken, it's a general attitude. and that is why this song is important, not because it's "pretty" or "more accesible than the others on the record".

i find this work to be very mature and consistent evolution of earlier c93, so if you really see and feel what c93 is all about, go for it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful Feb. 7 2007
By Christopher - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
My Wife, Girlfriend at the Time, introduced me to this Album back in 1998. I remember she told me that she wanted to show me the most beautiful music that she had heard. When she played it for me I had to agree that it was indeed beautiful, I had never heard anything else like it. Soft Black Stars has never lost that for me, no matter how matter how many times I have listened to it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars blackcurrant ninety three Aug. 7 2002
By "jimjimjimjimjimjijmjimjij" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:LP Record
Current 93 continue their transition into neo-classicism / minimalism apace. Herein, Tibet's songwriting makes an intensely personal shift, reaching an almost confessional tone. The fragile and sombre mood of the album is all encompassing and of equal, if not greater, intensity to their earlier more overtly 'doomy' works, and Heeman, Tibet and Stapleton's music is beautifully understated.
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