"The Golden Age is one of my favorite LPD albums due in no small part to the inclusion of the 4th track: Hotel Noir. This is a shining example of Kaspel's lyrical genious. The story told in this track is perhaps the most moving I have ever heard. The music on this track also displays the fine talent of the rest of the band. It sets the scene remarkably well. This album is from the early nineties but is timeless in its style as are the LPD themselves. Anyone who enjoys finely crafted music with brilliant lyrics filled with subtlety, irony & sarcasm and that tell of madness, despair & longing will love this band and this is a fine album with which to start!"
A must-have album for old and new fans alike.
Robin | Chicago IL | 07/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anyone familiar with LPD knows their trademark sound and style. The Golden Age is a great example with its storyteller lyrics (e.g., Lisa's Separation, The More It Changes), bouts of insanity (e.g., Regression, Maniac), and pure gloominess (e.g., Our Lady In Cervetori, Hotel Noir). Looking for those beautiful LPD strings and harmonic melodies? You'll find it in peaks throughout this album, the strongest being the hauntingly beautiful Our Lady In Cervetori. The 2 instrumentals--Stille Nacht, And Even The Vegetables Screamed--aren't just "filler" tracks; they're well worth a listen. And tracks like The More It Changes and The Month After are that classic LPD sound at its finest. The Golden Age is accessible (new fan friendly) enough to be one of the "starter" albums I recommend along with Any Day Now, Island Of Jewels, Curse, and Asylum. And for existing/long-term LPD fans, The Golden Age is quite simply a classic. If it's not in your LPD collection, definitely add it."
By Far the Best of Dots!
Dustin H. Feldhaus | Chino Hills, Ca USA | 06/23/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Legendary Pink Dots have been together now for 25 Years and of all their albums, which there are so very many-of which 90% of them I've heard, this is by far the greatest album in their career. I tend to like their more pop-melodic tracks than all of those crazy ambient atmospheres they like to create. This is not only one of their more melodic CD's but also one of their more brilliant lyrically written albums. Lisa's Seperation, The Talent Contest, A Month After, Blacklist, and even the twisted Methods. I adore all of these tracks on this album and I'm sure that there are many of you out there who are unaware of their brilliance. If you're curious enough to take a chance on them, this is the one to begin with."
William Wood | Sydney, New South Wales Australia | 05/24/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With the golden age the dots produced a masterpiece of the most organic sounding electronic music you will ever hear. Unlike many of their contemporaries ( and some would say that the Dots have no contemporaries) this band used synthesisers and sequencers to create deep,warm almost orchestral vehicles for the songs.Like some bizarre meeting between Julian Cope (pop sensibility),Peter Hammill(darkness/angst) and Brian Eno(light/contemplation) this disc is a joy to listen to. The Dots deliver yet again."