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Album Review

With the band already a darling of the Los Angeles-based Cleopatra label via its stunning Dreams of a Mad King debut, Australia's Big Electric Cat continued to forge its industrial-edged goth, drifting even farther from its original dark pop aspirations with 1995's Burning Embers. Still driving its sound around a drum machine, Cat nevertheless brought a rich texture to the set, from the eerie opener "Red Roses," which inexplicably has got some skein of deviant spaghetti Western running through the melody, through the sweet disco of "Christabel," which ghosts Bono-ish vocals through Joy Division glasses — hybrids that ensure that what should have been stale emerged a startlingly fresh recipe, enhanced by "Twisting Man" and "Paris Skyes." (Additional remixes of both the latter and "Red Roses" round out the album.) By no means ever regarded as a band of great goth gurus, Big Electric Cat still managed to acquire quite a healthy following, displaying its wares across one further album. But, though Burning Embers is alive with some interesting tricks, it's still a delicious sin to wonder where it might have gone had the bandmembers followed their original jangled tangle to fruition.

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Interesting Remix

The album should be judged for what it is: a compilation of remixes from one of the more well-known goth acts from the mid 1990s. Most of the remixes have more synths than the originals, making a few of the songs danceable. It's not brilliant but some of the songs are catchy.


w00t first comment. i give it one star because its horrible. simply pointless, my firend showed it to me and i am still ccrying from laughter. this is a waste of money, and mostly time! give me the 30 seconds preview of my life back!!!!!


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s

Although they didn't intend to become a gothic band, once Paul Sadler, David Block, and Deborah Denton, the core of Big Electric Cat started producing their rhythms with a drum machine rather than the live product, their music made a transition from being a dark pop band into a gothic band that confronted the natural darker sides of human existence, such as sadness. Sadler (guitar, vocals) moved from the U.K., where he had his own band, to Sydney, Australia, in 1989 because he felt it provided a...
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