Quote, Unquote : Mark Russell


“The Holy Bible is intense, dark, introverted and something of a masterpiece. Musically, it’s an accomplished work, incorporating jagged punk, industrial goth and distorted grunge, with Bradfield’s guitar standing out over a rhythm section that’s tight to the point of claustrophobia. It is, however, the lyrics that set the album apart: anorexia, the Holocaust, prostitution, self-harm, serial killers… no subject was too bleak to tackle. Edwards, who wrote around three-quarters of the lyrics, had always been open about the severe bouts of depression, anorexia and self-harm he’d suffered all his adult life, but had never been quite so unrestrained in his writing before.”


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