ROCK THE GODDESS
In this, her second commerically released album, Serpentine once again takes us on a macabre tour of her magical world. "Pretty" is not an adjective one would ever use to describe her music; this is the stuff from the deepest and darkest nooks and crannies of the human psychea powerful blend of New York urban gothic squalor, fascinating electronics, and, of course, the voice of this extremely talented individual who uses it not as a lyric device, but as a precise instrument of pleasure and torture. Moving from playful lullabies to primal screams within the same piece, Serpentine's voice has the dynamic range and flexibility of Bobby McFerrin with the intensity of Kali. Rock the Goddess brings in a new sound to the music of alternative spirituality, a sound which exposes the great depth of emotion and energy on the magical plane.
Her lyrics from the song "Ride My Broom" provide a nice feel for the rich texture of this album:
shifting rain of light and shadow
Available on CD and cassette, Rock the Goddess is highly recommended.
Reviewed by Colin Rowntree
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