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When beauty collides with intellect, whether divine or arcane, the result is always good listening. Subtly sublime and hypnotically haunting, Susan Wallace and Tina Root, the darkwave duo behind Switchblade Symphony, brew an ambitious goth broth on their debut LP, Serpentine Gallery, named after the famed British exhibition hall. Following the lead of surrealist photographer Man Ray, these California girls go for textures of mood beyond the framework of conventional songwriting. Luckily, Serpentine Gallery combines two demos, so the song base is strong; Fable, which deals with fairies and magic, and Elegy, which doles out cold, hard reality, come together seamlessly, because...
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All Music Guide - Doug Stone
When beauty collides with intellect, whether divine or arcane, the result is always good listening. Subtly sublime and hypnotically haunting, Susan Wallace and Tina Root, the darkwave duo behind Switchblade Symphony, brew an ambitious goth broth on their debut LP, Serpentine Gallery, named after the famed British exhibition hall. Following the lead of surrealist photographer Man Ray, these California girls go for textures of mood beyond the framework of conventional songwriting. Luckily, Serpentine Gallery combines two demos, so the song base is strong; Fable, which deals with fairies and magic, and Elegy, which doles out cold, hard reality, come together seamlessly, because the production on Serpentine Gallery supplies a sonic wash that unifies the two disparate ideologies. Sure, sometimes such atmosphere outweighs the melody and leaves the lyric behind. But all is forgiven, for Wallace and Root are young and their ideas possess maturity and depth. Their unique chemistry and diverse influences explain their popularity with a generation who rarely visits such bizarre realms of beguiling Baroque. Each tune wields enough personality to distinguish itself "Dissolve" and "Clown" are quite good. Varying sonics and guitar gnashing help "Sweet" soar not a reference to the gutter-glitter band of the same name, as Root is surprisingly influenced by the vocal styling of Mike Patton. Switchblade Symphony could resurrect the mysticism and eclecticism of vintage Siouxsie & the Banshees. That's a lofty goal, but these are two talented ladies.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/19/1995
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • UPC: 741157963922
  • Catalog Number: 9639

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Bad Trash (3:46)
  2. 2 Dissolve (4:35)
  3. 3 Wall Flower (5:01)
  4. 4 Wrecking Yard (5:09)
  5. 5 Clown (5:38)
  6. 6 Cocoon (2:09)
  7. 7 Doll House (4:08)
  8. 8 Sweet (5:45)
  9. 9 Gutter Glitter (3:50)
  10. 10 Mine Eyes (4:24)
  11. 11 Bloody Knuckles (2:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Switchblade Symphony Primary Artist
Robin Jacobs Bass, Guitar, Drums
Tina Root Vocals
Susan Wallace Synthesizer, Vocals
Technical Credits
George Stone Engineer
Switchblade Symphony Composer
Tina Root Composer
Susan Wallace Composer, Programming
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