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GODSTAR [2005 Deluxe Remastered] [Aug. 26th, 2005|04:44 pm]



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Music history is cyclical: case in point, the time-traveling Godstar soundtrack. First created for an aborted film about Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones, who drowned in a swimming pool in 1969, the songs were originally released on three separate recordings during the '80's. Finally, in 2004, the songs are presented for the first time as a two-CD recording.

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is the primary composer and collaborates with more than a dozen musicians. P-Orridge is most infamous for writing often difficult and idiosyncratic experimental and industrial music for Throbbing Gristle. Here, he has created a layered homage to '60's psychedelic pop. However, after scraping away the thin patina, Psychic TV drops the summer of love in a blender to create music that is both familiar and stingingly novel.

The title cut is the soundtrack's centerpiece. "Godstar," which charted in England in the '80's, is a combination of sonorous chamber pop complete and irreverent lyrics. It will elicit guffawing - repeatedly, with six different versions to digest. Brian Wilson and the Beach Boys also receive a Psychic TV re-interpretation on their nearly note-for-note reconstruction of "Good Vibrations," and the more twisted "Amazing Vibrations." Both feature lilting harmonies; however, eventually creepy acid casualty samples are intermixed, and astutely add a foreboding tension to the track's beauty. Conversely, the version of "Je T' Aime, Moi Non Plus" is a sublime hoot. Psychic TV deftly over-sing (moan) the Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin duet that was banned throughout much of Europe in 1969 for its overtly sexual subject matter and presentation. Psychic TV created a soundtrack that is both a tribute and an insightful critique of the late '60's psychedelic music. --Sherman Wick, Cosmik Debris Magazine [links by YLT]

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