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Crushed Velvet Apocalypse

Legendary Pink Dots

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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.


Formed: 1980 in London, England

Genre: Alternative

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

Formed in London in 1980, the Legendary Pink Dots moved to Amsterdam in the middle of the decade. Members throughout the band's career have been Edward Ka-Spel (vocals, keyboards) and Phil Knight (keyboards), also known as the Silver Man, with a shifting supporting cast over the years. The Dots' music is by turns melodic pop and exotic psychedelia, with classical influences, sampling, and relentlessly dark, violent, apocalyptic lyrics. After several releases for Mirrodot and Inphaze during the early...
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