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5.0 out of 5 stars A few things you should know about 'Musick to Play in the Dark 1', March 14 2010
This review is from: Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 1 - new edition (Audio CD)
This album is about willing immersion in the strange...wherever that may lead.

One piece, 'Red Queen', is a challenge to the listener who has taken revolutionary art and "absorbed it, neutralised it, made it safe" (like the 'hipster' degenerates who have 'assimilated' black metal by making it ironic and therefore sterile).

What is the alternative? Shakespeare wrote: "They say miracles are past, and we have our philosophical persons, to make modern and familiar, things supernatural and causeless. Hence is it that we make trifles of terrors, ensconcing ourselves into seeming knowledge, when we should submit ourselves to an unknown fear."

That is precisely what Coil advocate here, particularly on the last track 'The Dreamer is Still Asleep', which describes how the dreamer invents new landscapes. Although the dream journey is a dark one ("we forget the space between people and things is empty"), its tragic geometry gives depth to the blood of waking life. So please be silent and let dreamers continue to dream...otherwise the universe may cease to exist.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Coil - Deeper than you, July 18 2000
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This review is from: Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 1 - new edition (Audio CD)
It's hard to put the Coil experience into words. On the surface, it's just weird music, but underneath it all is deep symbolism, cosmic energy and some truely mind warping tones. John Balance and co. are definitely tuned into something on a much higher plane than the rest of us and MtPitD really illustrates this. One moment, the music is serene, peaceful and very relaxing. The next moment it's all torn away from you and the music takes a dark plunge, full of chaos. The first track, Are You Shivering, is quite chilling (not to make a bad pun), the sound penetrates you and chills the root of your being. Brocoli is another noteworthy track. I can't tell if this is some kind of strange joke. The lyrics don't give you a second to take it seriously. The music is a lot more structured than Coil had produced in the last few years and it's definitely welcome. You can tell a lot went into this recording and listening to it is a very rewarding experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lunar Developments, March 13 2000
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P. Ortman (Midwest) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 1 - new edition (Audio CD)
Unlike other previous Coil recordings this CD was based on Moon structures, instead of Solar which gives it a very different feel. Most people who read this title will feel as if it is going to be a return to the blood chilling sounds that they created before, but it isn't at all. This is total otherworldly music, not in the nature of the sound of Black Light District, but in a more transcendental sort of way. The sounds are very enveloping they are almost intrancing, kind of building on some elements that "Baby Food" had. The music is liquid, watery it seems to go right through you. This music is like osmosis, the more you listen the more you take a way from it. The artwork mirror the sound very well. No sharp edges to cut yourself with, but you may find that you have already drowned.
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5.0 out of 5 stars coil's umbriferous side, July 12 2000
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john (Florence, Italy) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 1 - new edition (Audio CD)
This is one of the best coil's cd ever. It has the hidden strenght to go straight to your mind. Each time you listen to it your journey goes deeper. 'The dreamer is still asleep' and 'Broccoli' lead you into another dimension of consciousness pulling the strings of your senses. Listen to this music at night, as the title recommends, and you'll never be the same.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Play it in the dark, Aug. 6 2000
This review is from: Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 1 - new edition (Audio CD)
A good album, but Volume 2 is better, my favorite track on the album is "Red Birds Will Fly Out Of The East And Destroy In A Night", a cool sounding track, but I hope it isn't true.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Coil And Perfection, June 26 2000
This review is from: Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 1 - new edition (Audio CD)
One of the few groups around that still give you goosebumps while you listen, envelop and devour the dreamy soundscapes.
BUY THIS WHILE YOU CAN!
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5.0 out of 5 stars god's breath, Oct. 7 1999
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"rowan_morrison" (Bowling Green, Ohio USA) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Musick To Play In The Dark Vol. 1 - new edition (Audio CD)
this is truly a perfect experience, get it while you can
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