The Top 20 Greatest Goth Albums of All Time, Nos. 10-1

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BY CHRIS GRAY AND JEF WITH ONE F

Rewind:

The Top 20 Greatest Goth Albums of All Time, Nos. 20-11

10. Rosetta Stone
The Tyranny of Inaction (Cleopatra, 1995)

In 1995, Porl Young used a nice-sized record advance to purchase a multitrack digital recorder that changed Rosetta Stone's sound considerably more towards the industrial. That awesome guitar work is still there, though, and it really brings the pain on tunes like "One Angel." JEF WITH ONE F

9. The Damned
Phantasmagoria (MCA/PolyGram, 1985)

The Damned is a band that is easy to forget was just completely freakin' genius. Phantasmagoria focused a lot on heavy, deep vocals that give it a devilish, crooning quality on tracks like "Shadow of Love." It's the comparatively bright "Is It a Dream" that really stands out because it's about as poppy as goth gets. JEF WITH ONE F


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8. Bauhaus
Mask (Beggar's Banquet, 1981)

Bauhaus answered the question of how they would follow "Bela Lugosi's Dead" with an album that is consistently baffling but nowhere near as funereal as that landmark goth single. Instead Bauhaus' fascination with roleplaying -- and, to a lesser extent, reggae and dub -- comes to the fore in a set of songs that can be catchy ("Kick In the Eye") or spooky ("The Man With the X-Ray Eyes"), but are seldom dull. You're on your own with the title track and the song that takes each member's name as the title, though. CHRIS GRAY


7. Joy Division
Closer (Factory, 1980)

Even more than 30 years later, this is one grim listen. One might expect that from a record that starts with a song called "Atrocity Exhibition" that promises "see mass murder on a scale you've never seen." Next comes "Isolation," whose dramatic synth swells make it kinda the cheeriest song on here. In their campaign of unrelenting dread, Joy Division's nearly airless music has a dogged determination that acts as a kind of armor or insulation against the horrors Ian Curtis is describing. This music may last a thousand years. CHRIS GRAY



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9 comments
Tad Bertrand
Tad Bertrand

Maybe so. Pretty Hate Machine over Downward Spiral!

Eric McPhail
Eric McPhail

T-Rez was all strung out with fishnets and leather in that period. Goffy as fuck aesthetically, but yeah the music was more disco than glam.

Tad Bertrand
Tad Bertrand

Cure Faith and Siouxsie Hyena! Since when is NIN Goth. Isn't that Industrial? What the hay.

lonnieaftermidnight
lonnieaftermidnight

Nice list - would add that the Sisters FALAA was half/co written by Wayne Hussey, whom left with Craig Adams and started the highly successful Mission UK - also, would include Fields of the Nephilim but then ... maybe a top 20 ? :)

 

johnatrisk
johnatrisk

The Angel and the Dark River by My Dying Bride makes Andrew Eldritch sound like Justin Bieber.

Eric McPhail
Eric McPhail

Replace Disintegration with Faith or Pornography.

bibulb
bibulb

Kaleidoscope is frickin' AWESOME. I listened to that alongside the soundtrack for "Party Party" nonstop for about a year when I was younger. 

idylwino
idylwino

I can dig it, but personally I would swap out Disintegration with Faith or Pornography. 

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