To Be an Angel Blind, the Crippled Soul Divide

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To Be an Angel Blind, the Crippled Soul Divide
Studio album by The Tear Garden
Released 1996
Genre Psychedelic
Label Nettwerk/Subconscious
The Tear Garden chronology
The Last Man to Fly
To Be an Angel Blind, the Crippled Soul Divide
Crystal Mass
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To Be an Angel Blind, the Crippled Soul Divide is the third album by The Tear Garden, released four years after The Last Man to Fly .

The Tear Garden

The Tear Garden is a psychedelic/experimental/electronic band, formed by Edward Ka-Spel of The Legendary Pink Dots and cEvin Key of Skinny Puppy in 1985 after Key served as a sound engineer on tour in Canada for Ka-Spel. An EP, The Tear Garden, was released that same year. The pair have since released a number records with the assistance of various guest musicians. Their most recent release, The Brown Acid Caveat, was released in July 2017.

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This is the first Tear Garden album without Dwayne Goettel, with his death (and the end of Skinny Puppy) a year previously. The album tends to carry a less electronic and more somber tone to it overall as cEvin Key and others changed instrumental priorities following Goettel's death and their respective moods reflecting that death. Another member of The Legendary Pink Dots, Niels Van Hoornblower, appears on this album.

Dwayne Goettel Canadian musician

Dwayne Rudolph Goettel was a Canadian electronic musician, best known for his work in the industrial music group Skinny Puppy. Starting his career playing for a variety of acts around Edmonton, he joined Skinny Puppy in 1986 following the departure of keyboardist Bill Leeb. A classically trained pianist, he helped to broaden Skinny Puppy's sound with his extensive knowledge of equipment and sampling. He assisted bandmate cEvin Key on a number of side projects such as The Tear Garden and Doubting Thomas, and helped form the experimental electronic group Download. He also created the independent record label Subconscious Communications with friend and colleague Phil Western as a means to release his solo work.

Skinny Puppy band

Skinny Puppy is a Canadian industrial music group formed in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1982. The group is widely considered to be one of the founders of the electro-industrial genre. Initially envisioned as an experimental side project by cEvin Key while he was in the new wave band Images in Vogue, Skinny Puppy evolved into a full-time project with the addition of vocalist Nivek Ogre. Over the course of a dozen studio albums and many live tours, Key and Ogre have been the only constant members. Other members have included Dwayne Goettel (1986–1995), Dave "Rave" Ogilvie, Mark Walk (2003–present), and a number of guests, including Bill Leeb, Al Jourgensen (1989), and many others.

cEvin Key Canadian musician

cEvin Key is a Canadian musician, songwriter, producer, and composer. He is best known as a member of the industrial music group Skinny Puppy, which he co-founded in 1982 with singer Nivek Ogre. Initially a side project while he was with the new wave band Images in Vogue, Skinny Puppy quickly became his primary musical outlet following a record deal with Nettwerk Records in 1984.

According to Edward Ka-Spel, the album was intended to be called To Be an Angel Blind, the Cripple Soul Divide, but all copies are erroneously titled as "Crippled".

Track listing

  1. Ascension Day – 6:01
  2. We the People – 4:49
  3. In Search of My Rose – 4:28
  4. Crying from Outside – 7:03
  5. Psycho 9 – 5:22
  6. With Wings – 5:38
  7. Judgement Hour – 6:15
  8. New Eden – 4:24
  9. Tasteless – 4:51
  10. Cyberspider – 3:53
  11. Malice Through the Looking Glass – 7:52
  12. Phoenix – 5:30
  13. The Habit – 5:34



Edward Ka-Spel British singer

Edward Ka-Spel is an English singer/songwriter and musician residing in Nijmegen, Netherlands. He is best known for his work with the band The Legendary Pink Dots, which he co-founded. He is also known for his work on The Tear Garden with Skinny Puppy's cEvin Key. In 2017, he collaborated with Amanda Palmer on the album I Can Spin a Rainbow.


Produced by cEvin Key and Anthony Valcic.

Engineered by Anthony Valcic at Subconscious.

Mixed by Ken Marshall and Anthony Valcic, assisted by Frankie Verschuuren and Chris Peterson.

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