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Pain is Beauty

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Pain Is EssentialChelsea Wolfe can be ferocious and ironically endearing all at the same time. The Alternative music press is buzzing about this LP, and one is well served to explore those views given that some find my opinion on this matter to be maddening. Many of the press reviews heavily foreground the "goth" pabulum though that commentary quickly transitions into a discussion regarding the dynamic and rich character of the LP's compositions. Many describe it as cinematic. Ms. Wolfe is a serious-minded and rapidly maturing artist that has attracted an oddly fractured fan base. If you like humanism in the arts, while at the same time being kicked around a bit and challenged, you will like Ms. Wolfe. Do I make her sound like a chore? Let's just say that frivolity is not Ms. Wolfe's strong suit, though, as a practical matter, her music can easily work on any number of levels depending on where you want it to take you.Ms. Wolfe is not so much an autobiographical-diary-style songwriter as she is a chronicler of questions and insights that her autobiography has brought her to. To this end, she tends to default to either poetics or story telling. Her poetics is where she tends to "go dark". As a storyteller, she is magnificent! Here, she's literal enough that even "needy" people like me find clarity. Always, she is infatuated with contrast as a conveyance. It starts with the LP's title and it never stops. Regarding "contrast", interviews with her suggest to me that she doesn't use it to mock the masses, but to illuminate and place emphasis and that it doesn't come with an agenda for anyone other than herself. Again referring to interviews, she is suspicious of mass consensus because she thinks it is manufactured by dimwitted material-historical forces that DO have agendas and those agendas don't service capital-T-truth very well.Ms. Wolfe's penchant for ruminating "Vanitas" is still at play on 'Pain Is Beauty'. About her previous work, however, this LP she is far more interested in what precedes "finality" and that something is pain & struggle as well as the vitality of pain & struggle. On these tracks (and more so in interviews) she doesn't elevate pain to that of an aesthetic, but it is indeed viewed as a primary color. I think the cover art, with its objectified doll-like visage, anticipates this. Piecing together what I can, she treats pain & struggle as not only two of life's essential energies and teachers but also as immanent in all things and to ignore the latter cheapens things like love, beauty, and graciousness to being nothing more than hollow and inhuman ideals. Ugliness is part of the weave that binds and forms to fashion any experience as being a uniquely and entirely human experience. Unlike two of the world's major religions (and any number of consumer product marketing campaigns), she doesn't view pain as something that needs to be waged war against but rather accepted, managed via perspective, and ultimately appreciated. The story formatted Track 11 tries hard to do something constructive and celebratory with this morose Lego set, and I think it achieves its goal. It's an undeniably poignant opus and one that is superbly orchestrated.Ms. Wolfe's art is an interrogation of things commonly held to be ennobling. Maybe not so much the widespread conclusion as to what those things are but how they are constituted. I'm convinced that she is an optimist: She is just very different in how she works through its meaning and implications. Ultimately, she may be neither the pessimist that so many people view her as or the optimist that I hope she is but rather a "realist". It all works because each perspective speaks to the substantiality of this artist. I hope Chelsea Wolfe finds the reconciliation and truth that she is seeking. I admire how she asks interesting questions in interesting ways and how she appreciates that what often appear to be answers are not what they pass themselves off to be.5Five Starscool music!5my vinyl skipsAMAZING ALBUM. but my vinyl keeps skipping3Sensational!Wow! This is my favorite Chelsea Wolfe album. If you could burn a hole in your ipod for overplaying an album, my ipod would the biggest hole. This album has such a good mixture of emotions. This album brings a rage to your heart and then leaves you refreshed after the storm. Love, love, love this!5dark but very accessible.a little bit post punk, a little dark wave, intensely atmospheric. melancholic post goth adults should love this. its dark and moody and self analytical without being tacky or pretentious.5Chelsea Wolfe at her finestProbably the best singer/songwriter in the business today. Some of the rawness of previous albums is gone here, but the polish does not change the fact that Chelsea knows how to create astonishingly beautiful music.5PossessionI can't stop listening to everything she sings. I am possessed. Happily. Blissfully. Obsessed. I have nothing else to say other than you will get it or you won't and if you do, it is a beautiful ride to enjoy over and over.After listening to this album, I bought everything else she has and I have been watching live shows and interviews. It has all been bewitching to say the least. I feel connected to her music and her lyrics in an archetypical way that pulls me into emotionally visceral places where I am not sure I am welcome, but I have to go anyway. It is the travel of Dante in search of his Beatrice.5Really creative workHer voice, and music is like a combination of Siouxsie and the Banshees, and Cocteau Twins. Haunting, blurry atmospheres, and dark somber moods, with a feeling of self imposed isolation. This is an album to listen to loud, in a house alone, laying down......absorbing the pain, loss, and dark atmosphere. It's therapeutic for me.......brings closure to things for me.4Worth a listenI purchased this based solely on having heard a single -- and because of the thrill of discovering new music. I'll say that Chelsea Wolfe's sound is unlike most any I've heard. She's undoubtedly talented, and seems to have forged her own identity well enough to know what she wants to create and present. I honestly don't feel that her music will be for everyone; but that's to be expected, isn't it? I have some mixed feelings about it, but I felt it deserved higher than Amazon's "It's OK" rating. I respect her prowess and talent. I cannot say I'll really follow her music, though.4She Makes Every Note Cry OutThis was yet another surprise from the "...also bought" running list on the bottom of the page. She has a wonderful, haunting voice. The music sounds like it was made by resurrected creatives aimed at updating their sound. The mix is essential for all days.5
Pain is Beauty

Pain is Beauty

4.7
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Regular price
€49,00
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