Review

A Bad Diana

The Lights Are On But No-One’s Home

Optimo Music Archiv • 2007

This masterpiece of misery has fittingly finally been released on vinyl. Until now, this incredible album has only been available on CD, a rather depressing format if you ask me. I’ve had my copy sitting on my amp for ages, but I’ve never really listened to it—not in this format, not on CD. But I had to have it, whatever the medium. Now it’s finally been released on vinyl and it’s a revelation. A Bad Diana is the brainchild of Diana Rogerson (Current 93, Nurse With Wound, a legend of the UK underground), Steven Stapleton (Nurse With Wound, another UK underground legend) and Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound, Current 93, Organum, and of course another UK underground legend). »The Lights Are On But No-One’s Home« is like a fleshless bone in an unlit street in a provincial town. It’s bleak and unsettling, but you can’t help but be drawn to it. The drones and spoken word passages (»floooowers must die«) gnaw at your soul, and you find yourself clinging to the sense of menace, even though you’re not sure what you’re looking for. This isn’t an album that’s going to enlighten you. It’s more likely to leave you feeling lost and alone in the dark. If it beeps anywhere, it’s the brightest thing that happens. UNFULLFILLMENT is the name of the game here, folks, and it absolutely delivers. This music takes you on a trip. Buckle up and thank them for it.