Review: With Christmas fast approaching, Throbbing Gristle founder member Chris Carter has decided to offer up the perfect stocking filler for industrial and experimental electronica enthusiasts: a four-disc retrospective focusing on the early part of his solo career. While it omits his 1980 debut "The Space Between", it does include expanded, re-mastered versions of 1985's surprisingly ambient "Mondo B", 1998's trippy, hypnotic and rhythmical "Disobedient Redux" and 1999's brilliant "Small Moon Redux". Even more excitingly, the box's first disc - the most experimental, out-there and inspired of all - is made up entirely of previously unreleased tracks recorded between 1973 and 77. In truth, this disc is worth the entrance price on its own.
Review: The opening track on this album consists of a rough-edged descending synth stab that repeats over and over for a full two minutes. That, plus the lack of track titles, tells you right away that there are no artistic or commercial concessions being made here whatsoever: imagine Swans and Cradle Of Filth getting together in Squarepusher's studio to create a tribute to 'Metal Machine Music', and you're getting close to just how dark and deranged a collection this is. Don't expect: to hear any of these tracks on drivetime radio. Do expect: the 199 limited-edition copies to sell out quickly, mostly to folks who dress in black and own multiple Diamanda Galas albums.