Rating:
10
Current 93 - Some Soft Black Stars Seen Over London
2002


01. Larkspur And Lazarus
02. Mockingbird
03. Anti-Christ And Barcodes
04. The Signs In The Stars
05. Whilst The Night Rejoices Profound And Still
06. A Gothic Love Song
07. The Sings In The Stars


"I saw the back of the stars tremble and fall
While seahorses played on the slope of your breast…

It was 1998 when "Soft Black Stars" saw the light of a romantic dawn, an album that was filled with utter lyricism, a romantic/poetic aesthetic, wishes and feelings of love, melancholy and sorrow.

Three years later, Tibet, accompanied by the man who composed most of the music of "Soft Black Stars", Michael Cashmore, on the guitar and Maja Elliott on the piano, recorded live some versions of songs coming from that album and released the acoustic live album bearing the name "Some Soft Black Stars Seen Over London".

On the 6th and 7th of April, 2001, at the Bloomsbury Theatre of London, some people had the chance of cherishing what it means to see live the Current 93 phenomenon at their most poetic and emotionally charged period. The audience is not vivid during the songs, they only applause Current 93 at the very end of every composition, and this was the right thing to do since it was an acoustic show and seeing Tibet interpreting must have been something devout and heart-rending, so everyone, including Tibet, must have been lost in his very own world of thoughts, emotions, dreams, memories…

Every single composition consisting of this live album is a small part of an emotional portrait that lies in the ocean of our soul. The heart-rending beauty and emotional intensity of "Larkspur And Lazarus", the sincere confession and nostalgic aesthetic of "A Gothic Love Song", the thoughtful "Anti-Christ And Barcodes", the utterly romantic and fragile approach of the angelical "Mockingbird" that brought tears to my eyes the first time I listened to it, the beauteous and from the heart warmth of "The Signs In The Stars" and the serenity and infinity of the night that flows through "Whilst Night Rejoices Profound And Still", every single song is a small beautiful and emotional story that will haunt you and scar your defenseless soul…

One of the most touching and tear-filled releases I have ever come across, a pure piece of emotional Art, not complex, but affected in its very own way, adorned with colors of the heart and sounds of a wailing soul. If you find "Some Soft Black Stars Seen Over London" around don't miss it, it will be a great company in your darkest times when solitude seems never-ending, "whilst night rejoices profound and still", and who knows, you may see yourself some soft black stars waiting for you in the far horizon…

"…I saw a hundred angels rush to the ground
They were giving you garlands and giving you crowns."


 



Written on 26.11.2005 by
DerRozzengarten
"It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind."
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