While so many bands start losing steam after 15 years and nine albums, Coil arguably were in the opposite frame of mind as the millennium approached. Musick To Play In The Dark not only lives up to its name, it marked a transition both sonically and, err, astrologically for the band, as they declared a new era as a lunar rather than solar group. God bless the 1990s, eh?
Digressions aside, what's here is weird and wonderful in equal measure, like walking around a darkened stately home on a still night, silver streaks of light illuminating various rooms, all of which are thick with atmosphere. Whether it's spooky distorted sounds on 'Strange Birds', 'Red Queen''s strange droning late-night piano soul, or the yearning ambient pop on 'The Dreamer Is Still Asleep', it's a subtly bold record packed with exceptional ideas built to last another two decades at least.