22 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

‘Goth’ was too impractical to ever become a way of life. And its sound has been consistently shaped and changed by new technology. Yet, for twenty-five years Goth music has had its share of hardcore advocates and practitioners who’ve recorded some of the most challenging, dramatic music of the current era. This 22-track collection gives an excellent overview of what the genre has accomplished. Absolute essentials – Joy Division, the Cure, Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy — begin things, laying out the schematic: slow, pulsing, robotic rhythms, deep, churning basslines, distorted and exaggerated guitars and keyboards, and finally a singer either completely consumed with emotion or thoroughly detached echo-ing from the bottom of an existential well of misery. Over time, the definition is expanded to include avant-garde, industrial treasures such as Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubauten and the next generation of practitioners, Ministry and Skinny Puppy. Goth is more a vague sensibility — and a maverick fashion style of boots, leather, fishnets, hairspray, heavy make-up and all the black you can handle — than a stylistic straitjacket. Which, in the end, enables it to thrive and remain artistically vibrant while other genres burn out with repetitive monotony.

EDITORS’ NOTES

‘Goth’ was too impractical to ever become a way of life. And its sound has been consistently shaped and changed by new technology. Yet, for twenty-five years Goth music has had its share of hardcore advocates and practitioners who’ve recorded some of the most challenging, dramatic music of the current era. This 22-track collection gives an excellent overview of what the genre has accomplished. Absolute essentials – Joy Division, the Cure, Bauhaus, The Sisters of Mercy — begin things, laying out the schematic: slow, pulsing, robotic rhythms, deep, churning basslines, distorted and exaggerated guitars and keyboards, and finally a singer either completely consumed with emotion or thoroughly detached echo-ing from the bottom of an existential well of misery. Over time, the definition is expanded to include avant-garde, industrial treasures such as Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubauten and the next generation of practitioners, Ministry and Skinny Puppy. Goth is more a vague sensibility — and a maverick fashion style of boots, leather, fishnets, hairspray, heavy make-up and all the black you can handle — than a stylistic straitjacket. Which, in the end, enables it to thrive and remain artistically vibrant while other genres burn out with repetitive monotony.

TITLE TIME
1 4:55
4:12
3 5:43
4 7:41
4:15
6 4:42
4:08
4:19
3:07
4:23
11 4:02
4:04
13 2:27
4:51
3:28
4:52
4:09
5:22
3:17
20 4:30
21 6:57
8:12

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