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Soft Black Stars

Current 93Audio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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listen12. Chewing On Shadows14:48Album Only
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 8, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Durtro / Jnana
  • ASIN: B00074CBBA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #301,424 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Softer and blacker October 20, 2006
By MarkF
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What songwriting should be. June 28, 2005
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars often misunderstood August 15, 2004
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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Beautiful February 7, 2007
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars blackcurrant ninety three August 7, 2002
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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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars like c93 or not this album is perfect July 26, 2005
Format:Audio CD
An awful lot of people have a hard time with current 93's music, and i would think it's more than just those people that would agree that it is because of david's voice. I was one of the people who just couldn't dig it cause of this guys voice. I really didn't get it untill i heard this album. It made it all make sense. I did a complete 180. It changed my point of veiw completely about david tibet. I now understand what too few people understand because of soft black stars. And thank you
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Soft voices, black pianos but only 3 stars July 13, 2000
with Soft Black Stars, Current 93 have released their most low-key album to date. Throughout the album, Tibets soft, almost whispering vocals are accompanied chiefly by a lone piano. The result is an album of consummate compactness, but lacking in vitality. Steven Stapleton's influence is sorely missed. To anyone unfamiliar with Current 93, and in search of an album to serve as company during long autumnal nights of introspection and solitude, this is a good purchase. In my opinion, however, it remains one of the less essential Current 93 albums.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pleasingly soft and consistent album July 16, 2004
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful
There are not too many words to explain the ethereal beauty of this c.d.. You just need to listen once to be hooked on the sounds created by David Tibet and friends. Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by man who sold the world
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I really liked this album and still do but as a lot the music has been lifted directly from the 'music box theme' from the movie 'The Innocents' I am kind off dissapointed. Read more
Published on June 11, 2007 by Mr. R. C. Molyneux
5.0 out of 5 stars Different from the other albums but GREAT!
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... Read more
Published on March 19, 2004 by William Hobbs
3.0 out of 5 stars Good music, but not for everyone
Overall I would say this is a good cd but there are only 2 songs I really enjoyed enough to listen to them over and over. Read more
Published on October 18, 2002 by Travis M. Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars Introspective
I don't know much about other C93 releases. This was my first, and I really enjoyed it. I don't know if enjoyed is the most accurate word... Read more
Published on January 13, 2002 by Laura Montecalvo
2.0 out of 5 stars Current 93 'unplugged'
I used to buy every Current 93 record when they came out but after this I don't. It's ok as an album, but if you don't care for their stripped down and under-produced acoustic... Read more
Published on October 3, 2000 by C. Coker
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