'A moving aria
for a vanishing
style of mind'

'A noble debut
tackling vertiginous
demands'

'Has absence ever
sounded so
eloquent
so sad
I doubt it?'

With an arm
across the
torso

Face on
the nails

With an arm
across the
torso

Face on
the pale
monkey
nails

'Touching in the
shattered lives
it unearths'

'A nocturne
filled with
glorious ideas'

'A chilling
exploration
of erotic consumption'

With an arm
across the
torso

Face on
the nails

With an arm
across the
torso

Face on
the pale
monkey
nails

Cossacks are
charging in

Charging into
fields of
white roses

Cossacks are
charging in

Charging into
fields of
white roses

"That's a
nice suit"
"That's a
swanky suit"

"Been a pope
like no other"

"I'm looking
for a good
cowboy"

'A rare outcry
makes you lead
a larger life'

'You could easily
picture this in the
current top ten'

'Medieval savagery
calculated cruelty'

'It's hard to pick
the worst moment'

'It's hard to pick
the worst moment'

With an arm
across the
torso

Face on
the nails

With an arm
across the
torso

Face on
the pale
monkey
nails


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  • +2
    General CommentI'm surprised at the lack of comments here. I love the whole drift album, it's amazing. Me being a progressive rock metalhead dude, it's weird that I would like something such as this. The lyrics are what get me though, so scary, and filled with though. The little sounds in the background add to the experience, and the use of instruments is amazing, such as raw meat for percussion in one song. Scott Walker is a genius.

    I love the, "Face on the pale monkey nails." part. I don't know what this song is about, but it's awesome. The Cossacks are a village I know, that are known for there skills in war and weapons I think.

    I always think of a beautiful landscape at the, "cossacks are," part, being invaded with white flowers everywhere, with two sides going towards each other yelling, ready for battle, disrupting the landscape. Great song.
    DementedPuppyon June 08, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General Comment"“Cossacks Are” sets the tone. A two chord twang, a desperate rhythm, and a series of implored phrases that seem to evade narrative: “A moving aria for a vanishing style of mind”; “You could easily picture this in the current top ten”; “Medieval savagery, calculated cruelty.” This last, you might remember, was Chief Prosecutor Carla De Ponte’s summation of Slobodan Milosevic’s crimes in the former Yugoslavia, crimes that haunt the whole record. One aspect of this Drift is continental: Europe’s sleepwalk back to fascism.

    With a few hunches and a thorough afternoon on Google, you could trace other phrases back to book reviews, George Bush’s entreaties to Jacques Chirac, eulogies for Pope John Paul II. The collage effect, splicing the world historical with tabloid tittle tattle, is reminiscent of John Berger, years ago, flicking through the Sunday Times Magazine, from the spectacle of Bangladeshi refugees to aftershave ads, and declaring, “The culture that produced this incoherence… is insane”."

    From here: uncut.net/music/uncut/reviews/…
    kyeoon September 21, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis album is absolutely terrifying.
    SnareRushJunkieon January 31, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt is amazing what some artists metamorph into. this was something I despised for some time, now I am elated with it. Where will he go next?
    savingupspendon July 14, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo coments yet????
    Nobody heard of it or what?
    manastinon January 07, 2007   Link

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