Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Children on Stun|
Tourniquets of Loves Desire
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Metal
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Adequate 90s gothrock with interesting 80s goth influences
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I wish you could give 2-1/2 stars...Like most 90s goth rock bands, Children on Stun take their primary inspiration from the post-punk Leeds sound of the early 90s.But while most bands are content to endlessly rehash the Sisters of Mercy sound, Children on Stun obviously listened to the rest of the Sisters' contemporaries like March Violets (they're named after a Violets song, after all), Red Lorry Yellow Lorry, the Three Johns, etc.Children on Stun's deeper influences are apparent in their sound--more aggressive, more varied, and overall more interesting than many of their contemporaries.And that's more true on this album than on their later release, which is made up of mediocre remixes from Tourniquets and a few new tracks. Tourniquets hangs together musically as a solid album--although its consistency can get tedious quickly.Unfortunately, while their music is a cut above many similar bands, their lyrics are mostly pseudo-poetic, death-obsessed romanticist ramblings, no different from or better than any other mid-90s goth band.Children on Stun were one of the better of Cleopatra's mid-90s gothrock stable; if you've run out of 80s originals and are looking for more, you could do a lot worse than Tourniquets of Love's Desire."
We outshine The Stone
N. P. Stathoulopoulos | Brooklyn, NY | 03/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Children on Stun had a impressive, cross-genre sound that borrows from others, sure, but does it very well without falling into genre-pitfalls.
They're often considered 'goth', whatever that means these days, but it's not so clear. There is some darkness here, but what stands out on this disc is the incredible energy of the group and the vocals. Sometimes they actually sound like a more gothic U2, with the frenetic energy and urgency of early U2, and even the vocals are not far off. Children on Stun feature a drum machine, like many a genre staple, but it captures that quickness of an early U2, moving nearly every song along nicely, and you can even dance to it.
The more sober numbers are not gloomy, or depressing, or whatever people expect from the 'gothic' label. There's a slight menacing feel. The production is good, the sound is rather timeless--good guitar work, good use of synths, and the drum machine doesn't let up. Think of a more synth-heavy, faster post punk, without so much gloom. Again, it proves the difficulty of trying to ghettoize bands in order to sell them better."
Always "un-original".. shush.. The Quality Shows..
~´¯`·Ixodic·´¯`~ | OH United States | 02/09/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Everyone keeps saying how Children on Stun "borrowed so much from XXXX and isn't original".. Lets be honest, every band has influences and it usually shows, what matters is if the result of it is good. And in this case, it is.
"Tourniquets" in my opinion is a timeless release. If you listen to it you can just feel the energy and lyrical quality of the songs. It takes you back to a time when goth music was both thriving (if you would really say such things) and more pure. Nowadays all the alleged "goth music" released seems to be miss-matched pop s*** featuring a guy with a deep voice spewing utter crap into your ears *but you can dance to it!! =\ *. Anyone unfamiliar with Children on Stun, or especially into "new" goth music, apart from the obvious bands - check out this CD.
...it will likely do you good! =^.^="