Current 93
Thunder Perfect Mind


5.0
classic

Review

by Meatplow USER (111 Reviews)
May 17th, 2009 | 41 replies


Release Date: 1992 | Tracklist


Thunder Perfect Mind is a 1992 album from British group Current 93, an act that has been working in folk based experimental art forms since the early 1980's. Led by David Tibet who is the only constant member, the group has had a revolving door lineup throughout the years and has collaborated with artists as diverse as Nick Cave, Andrew W.K. and Boyd Rice. Rooted firmly in the realms of neo-folk, Thunder Perfect Mind is often seen as a staple of the genre.

The most striking thing about this album is the crisp acoustic guitars, each track features haunting rhythm sections laced with reverb which sound absolutely gorgeous. The arrangements present do much to accentuate the beauty of the instrument, strings and female backing vocals working together to create a gloriously melancholic harmony with one another. Floating on top of this Tibet's vocals can be approached in two senses, one is that the man is blessed with quite a voice and can sing up a storm. The other is that his voice is melodramatic to the point of utter corniness, much akin to those types of vocalists who appear in power metal who are ridiculously camp but we can't help but love all the all the same.

Indeed, this is not a breaking point if you want to take the album seriously as there is enough lush arrangements to satisfy the most ardent seeker of beauty. Tibet's voice is charming, even if you want to take the silly route with it there is a lot to like. Thunder Perfect Mind is claimed to be Tibet's most personal record, whilst a lot of his lyrics seem to based on famous poems and fantasy imagery he recalls his thoughts of people he has met over his lifetime with a nice touch of wit to the lyrics. The album does not deviate from it's formula for almost the entire bulk of it, save a couple of unexpected moments and the waa guitar infected 16 minute long Hitler as Kaiki which is certainly one of the most impressive pieces on display.

Thunder Perfect Mind is an impressive slice of neo-folk, certainly a good place for those unfamiliar with the genre to begin. It is lengthy, and whilst it sticks to what it does best for the most part and doesn't try to vary it up too much with a little bit of patience it is also rewarding.



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CompanionCube
May 17th 2009


977 Comments


this > pretty little horses?

kitsch
May 17th 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

this is fucking awesome
as is the review
as is nurse with wound's sister album

BallsToTheWall
May 17th 2009


44803 Comments


Terrific band, I'm suprised I ddint already check this out considering how much I enjoy PLH. So we finally agree on some artists Kitsch. Feels good man. Nice review, you sold me.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

kitsch
May 17th 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

haha, cool balls.
youd probably be surprised at all the similar stuff we like.

BallsToTheWall
May 17th 2009


44803 Comments


Word. I'm going to stop acting like the sputnik police. It really doesn't suit me especially since I hate authority and questionings myself. I should look into this now.

Meatplow
May 17th 2009


5524 Comments


I am completely unfamiliar with neofolk apart from this album so I tried not to wax lyrical too much (I couldn't!)

kitsch
May 17th 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

balls, give me your gun and badge lol

yea this is the only real neofolk album ive listened to as well.



BallsToTheWall
May 17th 2009


44803 Comments


I've been watching a bunch of Clint Eastwood westerns lately. I dun know about forking up my guns. JK THOUGH. You both should check out Sol Invictus's In the Rain for some terrifc and proclaimed dark, apocalyptic neo-folk. A few users lately seem to spurn it but for the most part it's rated pretty high here.

plutosatanclubhouse
May 17th 2009


142 Comments


This and All the Pretty Little Horses are my favorite Current 93 albums, though IMO ATPLH is alot better.

Meatplow
May 17th 2009


5524 Comments


I've been watching a bunch of Clint Eastwood westerns lately. I dun know about forking up my guns. JK THOUGH. You both should check out Sol Invictus's In the Rain for some terrifc and proclaimed dark, apocalyptic neo-folk. A few users lately seem to spurn it but for the most part it's rated pretty high here.


Will do. Clint Eastwood pwns, btw.

BallsToTheWall
May 17th 2009


44803 Comments


Here was my weekend: The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Good, The Bad, The Ugly, Hang Em High, and today Pale rider. While also going out to excersie a bit to break up the monotomy. Talk about being unproductive and antisocial. Doesnt really matter though when the preacher blew out 7 dudes in one scene.

Meatplow
May 17th 2009


5524 Comments


the dollars trilogy is ace, all of his westerns I have seen are good no doubt

kitsch
May 17th 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

i will refrain from my derogatory comment about westerns

Meatplow
May 17th 2009


5524 Comments


westerns rule esp. italian sci-fi ones (yes, they do exist!)

BallsToTheWall
May 17th 2009


44803 Comments


Kitsch, just watch The Outlaw Josey Wales and prepare to be blown away with good ol C.E crushing everybody.

kitsch
May 17th 2009


5107 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

outlaw josey wales is the exception for me.
i do enjoy that movie.

Meatplow
May 17th 2009


5524 Comments


you are awful, please, please, please make another account and post sensibly

fireaboveicebelow
May 17th 2009


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this is awesome

KittensandScorpions
May 28th 2009


172 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

123

I love that demon voice in "Rosy Star Tears From Heaven".

Meatplow
May 28th 2009


5524 Comments


that was so corny but i loved it, mind you



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