Chelsea Wolfe is growing more and more effective with every new album. Pain Is Beauty balances between avant-garde and mainstream dream pop, with the latter direction (somewhat) diluting the album's final merit.
A very, very interesting record. Chelsea Wolfe has a fantastic voice; I love the emotion she puts into every word on here. I also really like the dark atmosphere on the compositions, and though some of the songs are a bit overlong and repetitive, more often than not they work really well. Definitely worth checking out. 4.0
I've listened to this album ten times in 24 hours. The only reason I haven't listened to it more is because I was sleeping. I should have listened to it in my sleep. The album is consistently beautiful and haunting from beginning to end. "The Warden" and "Sick" are two of the best tracks of the year so far.