- Audio CD (July 7 2000)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Neroz
- ASIN: B00004Y54A
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #257,919 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
There's certainly no dearth of hit-potential tracks here. "Come Before Christ and Murder Love" is one of the finest pop songs ever written. "Torture by Roses" could be placed alongside more meditative works by Paul Westerberg or Bob Mould and hold its own easily. And those are just the two that spring to mind immediately; this is an album full of small gems. Absolutely worth your time and money.
This is kind of a transition album, between their early sound (songs like "Fields of Rape") and the acoustic, apocalyptic glory that followed ("Rose Clouds," "Symbols"). The songs are all over the place, from solid 80's dark dance pop ("Come Before Christ And Murder Love") to WHEN-IS-THIS-GONNA-END mood pieces with Japanese monologue and samples (probably from some World War II atrocity; Douglas P. never hid his fixations.) The three "Reprise" tracks at the end are just three earlier songs with the vocals peeled off - an overused 80's tactic to stretch the album.
If you're a hard-core fan, add this album to your collection. I'm just saying that DIJ didn't hit a home run EVERY time. However, try to find a copy of their biography, "Misery and Purity." It's bald-faced idolatry, but it gives you a deeper understanding of the philosophy and fetishism behind Death In June's music.