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Review: 'Beauty in Chaos'
'The Delicate Balance of All Things ft Wayne Hussey'   

-  Label: '33.3 Music Collective'
-  Genre: 'Punk/New Wave' -  Release Date: '6th December 2019'

Our Rating:
Beauty in Chaos return a year on from their ‘Finding Beauty in Chaos’ album with a lead single from the follow-up, ‘The Storm Before The Calm’ Featuring Wayne Hussey, who was one of many big-name contributors to ‘Finding Beauty’ it’s a bit of a beast. It’s got that dark, sprawling feel of The Cure circa ‘Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me’, and Hussey croons and broods in low tones over a deeply layered backdrop in which serpentine guitars twist around a hazy bass.

Main man Michael Ciravolo recounts how she sent the audio over to Hussey with no real expectation: “In typical Hussey fashion ... he said he was ‘empty on words’, understandable since he did just finish his ‘Salad Daze’ book. To my surprise, he sent back all of the vocal tracks a few days later, saying he had the title of ‘the delicate balance of all things’ that he thought about using for a future Mission record... and the lyrics basically poured out. Sonically and lyrically, I think this song perfectly sets the ‘feel’ I want ‘The Storm Before The Calm’ to have.”

As a longstanding Mission fan, I can only concede that Hussey isn’t always the most craftsmanlike of lyricists, but what he’s pulled together here works well, and on this outing, the delivery absolutely seals it.

What goes around comes around, and the goth old garde seems to be showing a new lease of life as we inch toward the end of the decade. It’s unexpected, but welcome.

  author: Christopher Nosnibor

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