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    Diamanda Galas “La Serpenta Canta” [Mute]

    Which is the evil twin’ This or its doppleganger “Defixiones”
    released at the same time? On this Diamanda continues her
    cadaverous cabaret. Rhythm and blues in blood red hues. Deep
    fistfuls of piano thump, while her voice crawls up and down
    the octaves. Choking whispers, spewing flame, nasally
    drawling every word split into a trillion trilling notes.
    If Chaka Khan is every woman, then Diamanda is every succubus,
    possibly including Mariah Carey and Cher. Yes this is that
    scary in parts. At times her fiery flagrant vocalizations
    border on self-parody. There seems to be no limit to the
    tops for her to go over. It’s mostly just Diamanda and her
    piano, with a bit of delay on her voice here (harrowingly so
    on “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry”), some weird trembly ghost
    treatment of piano there (notably on “Dancing in the Dark”
    and “My World Is Empty Without You”). This is one live album
    obsessed by death. The snake sings cause it can shed its skin
    and survive, not so true with our mortal coils.

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on January 25, 2005 at 1:40 am
  • Filed as A Library,CD,Format
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