Psychic TV CD review by Nick Blakey
Mar 25, 2008, 17:50
PSYCHIC TV / PTV3 Hell Is Invisibleâ€¦Heaven Is Her/e CD
How do you describe the indescribable, namely this album by PTV3, the latest incarnation of Psychic TV?
Throwing back more to the "hyperdelic" sound of the mid-to-late 80's period of PTV, along with a bit of a humor (such as the neat sample of David Frost complimenting The Beatles found at the end of "Milk Baba"), the incredible Hell Is Invisibleâ€¦Heaven Is Her/e doesn't sound like the work of group that has gone through many members, changes, genres, and hiatuses over the course of 25 years, but then again PTV were always ahead of their time. Particularly of note is the powerful drumming of The Toilet Boys' Electric Eddie and the near psychedelic keyboards of Markus Aurelius Persson that propel the album throughout.
Ghosts from PTV's past drift by throughout, namely on the tracks "Just Because" (which begins beautifully with the familiar to PTV fans line, "I like you, I think you're nice"), "New York Story," and "Lies, And Then" heard in a more primitive form on some of the 23+ live albums the group released in the mid to late 80s, but the updated versions merely add to the familiar rather than detract from the present.
Other highlights include the spooky "I Don't Think So" which sounds like the inner voice lullaby of one of Genesis' old TG characters, Hamburger Lady. What sounds at first like Davie Allan making a lead guitar cameo on "In Thee Body" is actually the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Nick Zinner redeeming his soul and credibility to hard tribal drumming, smashing bass, and the howling of wolves and of Genesis himself.
It all works, and works brilliantly, from start to finish. Though the fun of this album is somewhat tinted darkly by the recent passing of band member and Genesis' other half, Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge. Nonetheless it stands as a great tribute to her and PTV3. What's more you can dance to it, plus hum along if you so desire. [Sweet Nothing/Cargo]