Barbara Ruin, The Shadows Playground is the benchmark for Goth Grown Up.

Barbara Ruin's The Shadows Playground

Barbara Ruin – The Shadows Playground

Barbara Ruin muses in soft tones, “Are you sure to survive again? Can you?” In a post Covid 19 world with millions of dead, millions facing homelessness and unemployment, being alone and isolated the new normal just to keep from dying, now that we are emerging from that long night, the lyrics from “Endless Hope” off Barbara Ruin’s THE SHADOWS PLAYGROUND poses this question in ambient sounds through a siren’s voice. 

Ruin’s work is Goth Grown Up.  It is darkly peaceful in its pacing.  It is the album you play at 2AM when you need to cry.   It is the album you play over a glass of good wine.  This is the album you play when you want to feel those complex things there are few words for.

“Every night I cried for my old life but these tears become drops of Sun” from “Seven” is the complexity of hope from tragedy, Wisdom from pain.  There are some things we as humans only learn from experience and tears.  Ruin beings such a weight to her work with out going over the edge.   Reminiscence of Black Tape for A Blue Girl in their mastery of tone and feel, there is a delicate of giving too much to pain and despair and not giving enough.   Ruin nails that balance perfectly on every song, making Playground a real delight for the mature goth.  

Barbara Ruin crafts lyrics with delicate precision to touch the emotions.

I would like to conclude with lyrics from “The Shadows Playground” from the album.

“Walking with the Sun

 loving the shadows he does

 as an astral painter

who shows a good side of the dark

 till fade away to become one

like a shade of light when Night comes”

SHADOWS PLAYGROUND is the album you turn to feel, to heal, to be human after being isolated for a long time.  In its mission darkly, it succeeds brilliantly!

Barbara Ruin and The Shadows Playground can be found on the web!

I would encourage you to enjoy and indulge yourself in this wonderful, delightful artists! You can follow her work at:







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