19 Songs, 1 Hour 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Genesis P-Orridge—the central figure and vocalist of Throbbing Gristle—left the reunited TG in 2010, with both sides shedding bad blood. That was shortly after Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson proposed the idea of reinterpreting Nico's Desertshore album and the reunited band performed it live in London. Christopherson and bandmates Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter forged ahead as X-TG, but Christopherson unexpectedly died in 2010. Fanni Tutti and Carter finished the project, with meticulous thought and care. Here, tracks one through eight are versions of songs on Nico's Desertshore—though the sequence has been changed—with X-TG tacking on its own title track. Songs 10 through 19—The Final Report—are original X-TG works that were started before Christopherson died. Guest vocalists on the Desertshore tracks include Blixa Bargeld (of another visionary band, Einstürzende Neubauten) and Antony Hegarty (of Antony & The Johnsons), and the result is both deeply respectful and startlingly beautiful. Both parts of this set are powerful works and invite future collaborations between Fanni Tutti and Carter, who now perform as Carter Tutti; their partnership needn't end with the legacy of Throbbing Gristle.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Genesis P-Orridge—the central figure and vocalist of Throbbing Gristle—left the reunited TG in 2010, with both sides shedding bad blood. That was shortly after Peter "Sleazy" Christopherson proposed the idea of reinterpreting Nico's Desertshore album and the reunited band performed it live in London. Christopherson and bandmates Cosey Fanni Tutti and Chris Carter forged ahead as X-TG, but Christopherson unexpectedly died in 2010. Fanni Tutti and Carter finished the project, with meticulous thought and care. Here, tracks one through eight are versions of songs on Nico's Desertshore—though the sequence has been changed—with X-TG tacking on its own title track. Songs 10 through 19—The Final Report—are original X-TG works that were started before Christopherson died. Guest vocalists on the Desertshore tracks include Blixa Bargeld (of another visionary band, Einstürzende Neubauten) and Antony Hegarty (of Antony & The Johnsons), and the result is both deeply respectful and startlingly beautiful. Both parts of this set are powerful works and invite future collaborations between Fanni Tutti and Carter, who now perform as Carter Tutti; their partnership needn't end with the legacy of Throbbing Gristle.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Patron Saint of Nothing Much ,

Nicoapocalyptic

The first eight tracks are wonderful interpretations of Nico's(Velvet Underground) 1970 album Desertshore. A very unconventional choice by an unconventional band. This was originally recorded with all four members of Throbbing Gristle and the sessions reflected an interpretation closer to the original album. The formation of X-TG (Genesis leaving a Throbbing Gristle tour) eventually spawned the addition of guest vocalists in place of Genesis.

It is unclear how far along this album was at the time of Peter Chistopherson's death in late 2010. Chris Carter had to pick up where he left off and finish the project. In my opinion he did a wonderful job. The track order of the Desertshore songs has also changed from the original album order and the addition of male vocals add to the overall darker tone of the instrumentation.

The remaining tracks are all X-TG and aren't a huge departure from later Throbbing Gristle recordings. Great for the fan but probably won't convert many unconverted.

Hunter d martini ,

Masterpiece

Truly incredible! If you are reading this buy immediately. Blixa with Tg is a combo that every industrialist has dreamed of. A perfect final chapter from the most progressive artist in musical history.

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