Patti Smith and Kevin Shields, 'The Coral Sea' (PASK)

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The Coral Sea
Critical Mass
Label: PASK

by Barry Walters

When she's singing, pioneering mystic punk Patti Smith can be extraordinarily mortal. But in recitation, she approaches the godly, delivering her poetry's surreal grace with sheer force. Here, she's captured twice in concert feverishly reading her phantasmagoric memorial to friend and artist Robert Mapplethorpe with the accompaniment of fellow savant Kevin Shields, the reclusive My Bloody Valentine leader who matches the ebb and flow of her morphing prose with thunderstorms of guitar sustain that weep and roar empathetically.

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