Poison Popcorn - 23 Past Celestine by poisonpopcorn published on 2012/02/25 14:18:21 +0000 “Once in a while, a rock band or other musical entity puts out an album that, quite simply, changes the face of music history.” Music really has been taken back to year zero. Everything you’ve heard in the past, indeed your whole life up until now is effectively over when listening to this. It is clear that the person behind it is totally unhindered by conventional notions of musicianship. The boundaries of genres have been bludgeoned to the extent that they don’t seem to have any relevance at all, indeed listening to this album has the effect of making everything seem irrelevant, all you can focus on is the sound. Nothing. Nothing else. Just that sound. What is that on the edge of hearing buried beneath the layers of acoustic silt like a smashed up fossil waiting to reveal its cold unending, impenetrable, meaningless ‘secrets’ to the unwary purchaser of this body of work? Yes, you are correct, someone is crying in the background throughout the entirety of this album. Haunting. The sheer audacity of releasing this record takes the breath away, in fact listening to this record actually compels you to take your own breath away, by any means necessary. It really is that powerful. Some people say there is a fine line between pleasure and pain. If these people were to purchase and then actually listen to this record, that in itself, would prove them to be idiots of the first order; because there is no fine line, there is a yawning chasm between the heights of pleasure and the terrifying depths of pain. This record proves it beyond any measure of doubt. Remember the experiences that stay with you throughout your life, that never leave you and become a part of you, defining you even? The death of a pet, impregnating a casual acquaintance, blood on the toilet roll. One listen to this album is enough to mark you for life. It really is that potent, it’s a double gin and tonic for the ears! Exceptional is such an overused word these days. For a work of this magnitude the only word that describes it is stunning. It will stun you.