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Requiem in Black

Requiem in Black isn't breaking new ground with this release, but it's an artistic breakthrough for the band. A lot of the more recent goth and dark electronic music is completely lacking in anything human, but rather than plunge into the EBM morass, Requiem draws on more vital, older influences, girded by vocals that are refreshingly not faux-operatic, but warm and sultry, like those of Alison Moyet. The sequencing and songwriting is closer to 1984 soundtrack-era Eurythmics, sweeping synth swells and all. The finest moments here include "Convince Yourself," which could be filed under goth soul, and "Worthless," which despite its Heathers and Breakfast Club samples and the notably angry/spooky tone, is a down-tempo club hit waiting to happen.

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Tom Murphy is a writer, visual artist and musician from Aurora, Colorado. He was a prolific music writer for Westword and a documenter of the Denver music scene.

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