|After the extraordinary 'Turn Loose the Swans', an even better album was an impossible task for the Yorkshire band. 'The Angel and the Dark River' is much different from the previous works, but the depressive sound so typical form the band is once again present.|
Aaron only uses his weeping clear vocals, as a death grunt clearly wouldn't fit the music. The violin on this album plays a major part, as everything is more relaxed, melancholic, and even romantic! Of the six songs that you can find on the album, I have to point out the superb 'A Sea to Suffer In', one of my all time favorite songs, and the brilliant opener 'The Cry of Mankind'.
To sum things up, 'The Angel and the Dark River' is simply an amazing album. Downsides? None whatsoever.
In 1996 Peaceville released a doublepack edition including 'Live at the Dynamo festival '95'. As it turns out, the band didn't even know the show is being recorded, and found out about it when they saw it in the store! The recording is by no means top quality, with Martin and Rick adjusting their instruments halfway through, and Aaron sounding like he had quite a few drinks before the show. For die hard MDB. fans only.
'The Angel and the Dark River':
1. The Cry of Mankind
2. From Darkest Skies
3. Black Voyage
4. A Sea to Suffer In
5. Two Winters Only
6. Your Shameful Heaven
7. The Sexuality of Bereavement [bonus track]
'Live at the Dynamo festival '95':
1. Your River
2. A Sea to Suffer In
3. Your Shameful Heaven
4. The Forever People
Duration : Approx. 87 minutes
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