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First and Last and Always

First and Last and Always by Sisters of Mercy
Released: Jan 1985
Label: Rhino
First released in 1985 before the split between Eldritch and Hussey (leading to Hussey's creation of the Mission), this remastered reissue still sounds as fresh as ever. Sisters of Mercy could have been massive, and later releases hinted at that possibility, but personnel and label disputes stalled them, so this is the first of a tragically short three-album career. Often incorrectly labeled as goth, this is post-punk rock: meaty, bombastic and quite unlike anything else released at the time.
Nicholas Baker