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Album Review

After the relatively sunny The Golden Age, Ka-Spel continues with his plan to meld psychedelia to dark and deep electronic soundscapes. Though it starts out fairly deceptively, with the haunting, beautiful, and mostly acoustic "I Love You in Your Tragic Beauty," the rest of the album descends into more complicated fare, abrasive and richly textured. As usual, many of Ka-Spel's lyrics seem mostly impenetrable, fantastical, and paranoid. The only complaint: At nearly 70 minutes, it may be a little too much darkness for a single sitting.

Customer Reviews

took me a bit to warm up to it but..

now I can't get enough of it. It's amazing how interesting and original the album sounds

Ah, Princess Coldheart . . .

My favorite song on the album is "Princess Coldheart", with "The Collector" coming in second. Legendary! And, natch, "I Love You In Your Tragic Beauty" is good, too. Worth a look if you are a Dots fan, or a fan of strange, exotic, melodic music in general.

always and forever my legendary pink dots

The reviewer wants to call this "heavy". I would agree, but that's just what people who like the LPDs wanted. It was a perfect record for the time and remains a record people will listen to and enjoy.

Biography

Formed: 1980 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

The Legendary Pink Dots are an influential, staggeringly prolific group led by enigmatic frontman Edward Ka-Spel. Emerging from the early-'80s post-punk underground and sometimes categorized as industrial due to associations with bands like Skinny Puppy, the group's music is nearly impossible to pin down, drawing from Krautrock, ambient, folk, synth pop, and numerous other styles. The Dots' music is by turns melodic pop and exotic psychedelia, with classical influences, sampling, and relentlessly...
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