The record is housed and homed in a black and white sleeve with artwork by David Tibet and contains a 2-sided black and white Insert with all the lyrics and photos of the C93 family. Current 93, who were As Cool As Llies and As Real As RainBows, are now As Perfect As Planets: Eliot Bates, Baby Dee, Andrew Liles, Lisa Pizzighella, Armen Ra and David Tibet.
Only two of the album’s nine cuts approach any sort of Gnostic fury. The first “Baalstorm! Baalstorm! Baalstorm!” pursues eschatology in a subdued sort of way, its tension expressed in nervy, staccato piano flurries and whistling high organ tones.
The second, album closer “I Dance Narcoleptic,” rampages more dramatically, in a flood of nightmare imagery and mad calliope tootles. Yet even this song ends in a benediction, a two minute silence giving way to the swell of ocean surf, and then a quiet voice (not Tibet) singing “Till the storm is through / and all of god’s promises echo through.” This song, and perhaps the album as a whole, moves through chaos to acceptance.
There are endings here, both the mythological Revelations-style endings, and more personal ones. Tibet has always led his listeners through surreal, frightening spiritual landscapes, but with this one, he seems to have gotten through to a serene and unexpectedly beautiful other side. - Dusted
1. I Dreamt I Was Æon 2. With Flowers In The Garden Of Fires 3. December 1971 4. Baalstorm! Baalstorm! 5. Passenger Aleph Inname 6. Tanks Of Flies 7. The Nudes Lift Shields For War 8. Night! Death! Storm! Omega! 9. I Dance Narcoleptic
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