Label: Duck Production - SM 004 • Format: Vinyl LP, Unofficial Release, White Label Red • Country: Austria • Genre: Rock • Style: Goth Rock
With the band itself falling to bits shortly after the March debut of First and Last and Alwaysthe album's place in the skewed history of the rise of goth rock would, on one hand, First And Last And Always - The Sisters Of Mercy - Stonehenge permanently linked with that discord but, on the other, not impacted in the slightest, leaving the fractious set's success and structure to become a blueprint for an entire generation of up-and-comers.
With static drumbeats and jangle-angled guitars backing Andrew Eldritch 's atonic, graveyard vocals, the songs on First and Last and Always paid to play alongside the ghosts of myriad forgotten post-punkers as well as the band's own goth forebears. From the opening air-fire claustrophobia First And Last And Always - The Sisters Of Mercy - Stonehenge "Black Planet" to the melancholy "No Time to Cry," Eldritch continually assured listeners that Exile Suite - Ron Shaull Shakedown - Makin Ya Feel Good gonna be alright" -- but, really, coming out of that mouth, did anyone actually believe him?
Even on the occasional wobbly patches imbedded in the now classic "Marian" and the title track, where the song threatens to dissolve into irrelevance despite Eldritch 's chirky vocal, they pull up wonderfully on the bass-driven, bee-stung guitar gem "Possession" and the closing "Some Kind of Stranger," an untouchable epic that, clocking in at over seven minutes, is the best of its kind from any time -- period.
Blues Classical Country. Electronic Folk International. Jazz Latin New Age. Aggressive Bittersweet Druggy. Energetic Happy Hypnotic. Romantic Sad Sentimental. Sexy Trippy All Moods. Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Streams Videos All Posts. Release Date March 11, Track Listing.
Black Planet. The Sisters of Mercy. Walk Away. No Time to Cry. A Rock and a Hard Place. First and Last and Always. Nine While Nine.
Some Kind of Stranger.
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