Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Love Is Colder than Death|
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
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Essential gothic/darkwave music
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Any band that takes its name from a Fassbinder film runs the risk of being called pretentious, but when you make music as beautiful as LICTD, you can get away with it. This 1991 disc was their debut, and boy, did it make an impact. The dreamy female vocals (shades of Dead Can Dance's Lisa Gerrard) are probably the most ear-catching thing about LICTD, but the originality really comes in in the musical composition--a big, sweeping electronic symphony that perfectly complements the vocals while avoiding the temptation to prettify. There are some harsh sounds that make it into the mix, and this is definitely not going to appeal to the world-music crowd the way Dead Can Dance do, but lovers of ethereal vocals and industrial music alike will find something to enjoy here. Picture it this way: it's the music you might hear in a cathedral--if the cathedral had a Korg keyboard and a drum machine instead of just an organ."
Beautiful and compelling, and then somewhat less so
eac666 | Plano, TX United States | 12/23/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"From the start, LICD's first album is an ethereal, entrancing series of soul-moving episodes. The female vocalist is extremely talented and can easily slip me into a mild trance. The music also compliments the style that she puts forth.But once you get to "For One Ludwig F.", the male vocals begin to take on more prominence until the last track when she finally takes the reigns away from him. If you're into gothic music, you'll more than likely enjoy the male vocalist, but to me he sounds less than impressive (to put it nicely). But more importantly, he doesn't fit with what's come before on the album. It's like having a split EP with two bands on it. It literally feels like another band took the stage. Until "Exit Out", you'll probably be as confused as I was.Overall, this is a really good album, but it's poorly conceptualized. For a more compelling look into the same genre of music that has most people lined up here, check out "Forever" by the Cranes."
A Heavenly Voices Classic and Must Have
M. Mierzwa | Davis, CA USA | 06/02/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Teignmouth was the first LiCTD CD that I listened to, after having been exposed to the dancefloor favorite "For One Ludwig F." numerous times in goth-industrial clubs. I find it rather hard to simply describe LiCTD as having a "4AD" (Dead Can Dance) or "Projekt" sound, but prefer to classify LiCTD, including their first album (Teignmouth), as being a classic or seminal example of ethereal / heavenly voices "darkwave" music. Granted, LiCTD has changed much since they first started in 1990, however fans of ethereal or ghostly female lead vocals will probably really enjoy Susan's vocals on "Tired to Death", "Very Ill", "Structure" (which they are still performing at their live shows), "Town E.", and "Questo Mostrarsi".
Personally, I'm more fond of tracks which feature both Ralf's (male) and Susan's (female) vocals such as "Island", "For One Ludwig F.", "Abiata", and "Wild World". On that note, the mix of vocals on "Wild World" reminds me more of the direction LiCTD has taken with Eclipse and its live shows, where Susan's vocals are being used to complement Ralf's lead.
At home I listen to Teignmouth both in its entirety (meaning I've never dreamed about skipping tracks) or where I've ripped a few of the tracks to mp3 so that I can enjoy them while jogging or hiking. Overall, Teignmouth has a rather carefree or lofty attitude that lends itself to being an excellent source of music for traveling and exploring new places.
It should be pointed out that the term "Heavenly Voices", which is what this genre of music is frequently referred to as in Europe, dates back in part to Hyperium Record's "Heavenly Voices" early 1990s compilation, which naturally featured LiCTD work from Teignmouth. Even though LiCTD has matured and done so well in my opinion, their early work is still something I highly recommend. Interestingly enough, I even think fans of electronic / industrial music will find this album a treasured addition to their collection, as the album features more electronics / keyboards than their current work.
Finally, for those of you that already enjoy LiCTD, I also think you should check out Germany's Das Zeichen and France's Collection D'Arnell-Andrea.