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THE MISSION Masque Mercury/Universal (2008)

The Mission

The latest in the Mission re-issue series and this album was originally released back in 1992. It also marked the first album without guitarist Simon Hinkler and a change in sound with less goth influences and increasing use of electronics plus a few songs that delve into indie pop territory.

Opener 'Never Again' highlights the band's shift to an electronic/industrial feel to the music, the same goes for 'Even You May Shine'. This album is also one of the bands most varied with 'She Conjures Me wings' adding brass and sounding like a pub sing-a-long! It is a great tune though.

The real stand out is the beautifully composed 'Like A Child Again' which is easily one of the band's best tunes. Bonus tracks include 'All Tangled Up In You' and a cover of Blondie's 'Atomic', which with more emphasis keys/effects sounds totally different. That and the fact you have a male vocal!

Underrated at the time of its release 'Masque" is one of the band"s finest moments for me as it sees them experiment musically and with good results. If you thought the Mission were all about doom laden goth then think again and grab a copy of this re-release,


Review by Jason Ritchie

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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