Pain Is Beauty (LP)


Chelsea Wolfe

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Amoeba Review

09/02/2013

Pain is Beauty is Chelsea Wolfe’s strongest album yet. Its rockers drip blood, like the doom-paced “We Hit a Wall.” The ballads, like the epic “The Waves Have Come,” have a real yearning underneath their elegant presentation. And it is full of surprises, like the stuttering electo-pop of “The Warden” and lo-fi girl groupisms of “Destruction Makes the World Burn Brighter.” Yet for all its twists, Pain is Beauty hangs together gorgeously. The vampiric imagery of her album covers and photos now seems more than a bid to grab your attention—you can’t imagine this music without the gothic scenery it invokes. For all its danceteria crossover appeal, “The Warden” is still remarkably in line with the rest of Wolfe’s work, its shimmering acoustic guitar adding an old-world touch as it matches the synthesized beat, while the song heaves in and out of major and minor key like a swaying ship. Despite its title, “House of Metal” doesn’t touch on her black metal influence; rather, it has an English dubstep grounding, while the synths and Wolfe’s hollowed-out vocal create tension befitting a horror film, only eased by the song’s luscious string-work. Still, it’s the aforementioned “The Waves Have Come” that seals the deal, eight-and-a-half glorious minutes that grow from a simple, piano-based lament to amphitheater-sized opera. Pain is Beauty balances these centerpieces with the kind of quieter, delicate moments she featured on last year’s Unknown Rooms album, closing the album with the short but chill-inducing “Lone.” By the end of Pain is Beauty, you may feel as though your experiences have intertwined with Wolfe’s; the pain she conjures through these songs seeps through, and it would be impossible not to feel moved.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Feral Love
Chelsea Wolfe 03:22
2.
We Hit A Wall
Chelsea Wolfe 03:35
3.
House of Metal
Chelsea Wolfe 05:00


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
The Warden
Chelsea Wolfe 03:52
2.
Destruction Makes the World Burn Brighter
Chelsea Wolfe 02:38
3.
Sick
Chelsea Wolfe 05:35


Side C Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Kings
Chelsea Wolfe 03:58
2.
Reins
Chelsea Wolfe 05:15
3.
Ancestors, the Ancients
Chelsea Wolfe 04:35


Side D Titles
Artist
Length
1.
They’ll Clap When You’re Gone
Chelsea Wolfe 05:52
2.
The Waves Have Come
Chelsea Wolfe 08:29
3.
Lone
Chelsea Wolfe 02:36

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