This compilation collects the contents of the only two Skin albums on the market up to that point -- Blood, Women, Roses and Shame, Humility, Revenge -- offering them for release in the U.S., as neither had appeared in the States until then. The collection drops two songs from the Blood album and mixes the contents of the two records together indiscriminately, thus removing the effect of having the first album be totally Jarboe-sung and the second sung by Gira. As a joint release, though, perhaps World of Skin is all the better for it, allowing the tradeoff between the singers to be that more keenly felt; certainly there is no real difference in the evocative, haunting music, given that all of the tracks were recorded in the same three-month session.
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AllMusic Review by Ned Raggett