Writing a review for a bad album is easy: just take what
most annoyed you about it and rip into it. But writing a review
for a good album is much harder. After all, how many times
can you simply say that an album is brilliant and beautiful?
Well...Faith & Disease's new album is both brilliant
and beautiful. Over the course of several albums, F&D have
been refining a unique sound that can be compared to Mazzy
Star, the Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance,
and Faith/Seventeen Seconds-era Cure. What makes Faith
& Disease stand apart from most ethereal darkwave bands
is their embrace of rural folk elements. Along with Sixteen
Horsepower, Faith & Disease are one of the few
truly American "gothic" music groups.
Beneath the Trees, Faith & Disease's first
album for Projekt, stands as their strongest work to date.
Highlights include...well the whole thing is entrancing. A
particularly interesting track is the murder ballad Banks
of the Ohio, which sounds like a recording found in a
vault somewhere. All of the playing is solid.
Simply one of the best ethereal darkwave albums I have ever
heard. Go buy it.