Beauty is such a terrible thing
Goth disco. A Holy Bible stand-out. Gets better with the US mix. She Is Suffering in a nutshell.
The goth disco comment mainly comes from the dancy hi-hat beat and the thick bassline mixed with the dark, grim atmosphere and lyrics. A bit supervisial but ah well.
Holy Bible stand-out it is because it’s so damn great. It was one of the tracks that stood out the best in my ears the first time I heard the album, much due to my fondness towards thick basslines and disco beats. James’ creepily seductive singing and the final yelps at the song’s finale raises this as one of Bible’s best vocal exercises as well which isn’t an easy thing to do considering James’ voice acrobatics on the album. The lyrics work as well: sure one could argue about whether the extended metaphore of beauty as a she really works that well but let’s face it, these words beat those inane artsyfag-angstiness of e.g. “Of Walking Abortion” quite well.
The US mix improves this song as well. First of all, the enhanced production on the rhythm section really works wonders for a song where the rhythm section was the dominant force to begin with. Second, it adds layers upon layers of atmospheric synths and background noise to the song which enhance the mood immensely. The original version doesn’t work at all anymore after hearing the US mix.
Everyone seems to hate this though. Oddballs.
The video is a bit cack in its wannabe-mysteriousness but it’s got some nice shots of the band.