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Concrete Blonde

445 Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde


I.R.S. Records
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Concrete Blonde, Chris Tsangarides
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On their third album Bloodletting from 1990, Concrete Blonde delivers a dark masterpiece that transcends less than timeless production

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Albums made in 1990 or 1991 often have the "sound" of the 80s in their production - lots of reverb on the drums, particular guitar effects, etc. Sometimes in reviewing albums from this period, it can date the album, pinning it down to a certain time instead of receiving the "timeless" accolade that so many well-regarded albums receive. But what if big, booming reverb gives the album a personality instead of a stamp? That's the case with the 1990 album Bloodletting by Concrete Blonde, who mined the vampire novels of Anne Rice to deliver an album that matches lyrical content with its musical approach. "Goth" is the term thrown around, and the album plays with dark themes matched with occasional dissonance. But what is really on display is a singer fully in command of their voice, constructing unique melodies, wrapped around a diverse selection of songwriting styles and approaches that deliver over and over again.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - The Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)
  • 17:47 - Tomorrow, Wendy
  • 21:57 - The Sky Is A Poisonous Garden
  • 24:14 - Caroline
  • 35:05 - Joey
  • Outro - Darkening Of The Light

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