Review Summary: 22 minutes of ambient noise and story time for deranged toddlers.
I hate short reviews. I really do. And we all know that you do too. You know, you just found out about this epic album from a friend, and he played it for you about 5 times and you loved it. So you log on to sputnik, search it up, and the guy writes three paragraphs about it. You could think of so many things to write about this album, but this asshole delivers a whooping three paragraphs. But you have to think, maybe he just didn’t have that much to say about the album. And although you can think of enough to write a chunky fifty pages on the album, the album really isn’t that special. And one of the things we all dislike about short reviews is writing them. As I write this introductory paragraph I keep racking my brain for things to say about Current 93’s EP “I Have A Special Plan For This World” to make the review seem less lame and give the reader more convincing words to listen to the music. Well, its kinda dark… the ambience is pretty cool… and there’s some dude reading a poem. And that is really all there is to say about it. And with it only being a longform single, coming in at 23 minutes, it is pretty understandable why I am not going to write a fifty page essay for this song.
The song is without a doubt one of the darkest pieces of music that I have ever heard. “I Have A Special Plan For This World” is a poem that was originally written by Thomas Ligotti and has spoken word excerpts of it spread out throughout the 23 minutes. The themes of the poem do nothing but make the song even dimmer, with words dealing with death and manipulation. And aside from the darkness of the album, it is especially creepy. The man reading the poem speaks with a droning monotone, which makes it very strange and has it almost suck all of the emotion out of the poem. The recording of the spoken word sounds as if it is being played off of an old cassette tape. In between excerpts there is a click and some ominous noises, that sound like a very deep voice, muttering nonsense in the background. Then there is another click, more spoken word. Click, noise. Click, spoken word. For 22 minutes.
Aside from the poem, the track makes for quite a sufficient experience for the ambience genre. Although it would seem too empty without the poem, the ambience would sound nice if there was something else done with it. Pretty cool if you want to creep yourself out and play this in pitch black. But other than that, its just an audio book for goth kids recorded over a creepy Godspeed track. And thus concludes my swift three paragraph masterpiece.