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Kiss the Night: A Collection of Unusual Gothic Love Songs
Cleopatra


Format Reviewed: CD

Soundclip: "Wreckage's "Dancing with Katrina""

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I can come right out and say that this isn't for everyone (most of you would be able to tell by looking at the title anyway). Kiss the Night compiles dark love songs by 13 (go figure, right?) goth and death rock acts. The record was mixed really low and with a lower-than-average dynamic range, so it is necessary to crank it up loud. Miraculously, a lot of the compositions start to shine a little at higher volume.

All manner of bands have been let through the door, from more traditional rock combos (Human Drama) to synth, MIDI and drum machine gropers (Channel). While no composition stands out as a hit, there aren't any total dogs here either. Tunes by Wreckage and Antiworld ooze the sound of underground credibility, like the indie record stores in the city of your slightly frightened youth. Wreckage's contribution ("Dancing With Katrina") in particular has a pleasingly melancholic vibe, driven by the out-front, confessional vocal. The vocal track and atmospheric synths give the tune greater depth than some of Kiss the Night's other cuts. Indeed, the DIY production aesthetic hurts some of the compositions (Fear Cult's "She Loves Me Not" sounds particularly thin). Even so, if you like your romance a little on the macabre side, several of the cuts here are compelling enough to warrant your hard-earned cash.



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