All this whiteness blinds
A small atmospheric remnant The Holy Bible era. Unlike the anthemic bittersweet rock anthems that otherwise dominate Everything Must Go and its b-sides, Black Garden is a gloomy drone with a rather… dark set of lyrics. Stylistically this is the big departure point of Everything Must Go era.
It’s a rather damn good song though. The creepiness of it all, caused by all the tiny little sound elements. The “swing, swing” in the beginning and the end, the fading snippet of “Glory, Glory” played in the intro, the filtered guitars that sound like they’re coming from a whole different dimension. But despite the dominance of those ravaging guitar lines, Black Garden in its heart is a pure bass song – just listen to the lively bass fills and the dominance the bass lines have throughout the song – hell, the bass is the most prominent instrument volume-wise in the whole song. My favourite parts of the song are actually the intro and outro where it’s mainly just bass and a simple drum line.
Shame the Everything Must Go re-release botched this up by doing the completely random deed of removing the intro and putting it as its own separate track. Why?