Wednesday, December 07, 2011

STN Albums Of The Year no.27: The Indelicates - David Koresh Superstar

Why does it somehow feel inevitable that the Indelicates would one day make a concept album/musical/rock opera about Waco? We follow Koresh's journey from origins through conversion to standoff to end through just about as many musical landscapes - Broadway mock-oleaginousness, piano ballads, bits that continue the Luke Haines comparisons by moving onto Baader-Meinhof, a mighty cover of John The Revelator to close - and possibly even more internal emotions, spectacular self-belief clashing against paranoia, good and evil failing to find their standpoint. Being the Indelicates it can veer into the blackest of tragi-comedy but they know what roads they've chosen to follow. In the accompanying booklet it's stated they didn't come to any definite conclusions about the situation, and there's an underlying compassion and understanding humanisation of how things came to that place and that ending.

[Corporate Records]

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