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Blackfield

February 22, 2005 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: February 22, 2005
  • Label: KOCH Records
  • Copyright: (C) 2005 KOCH RECORDS
  • Total Length: 48:32
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  • ASIN: B000XXSLFA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #84,587 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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One of the best new albums I have heard for some time, it will be listened to for many years to come.
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On third listening, I thought, you know, this is really a great album.
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful By spiral_mind on March 13, 2005
Format: Audio CD
A fantastic yet overlooked treasure, a work brimming with texture but listenable to anyone's taste, Blackfield's self-titled debut is an amazing album that really deserves all the attention it can get. It's the project of Steven Wilson (the mastermind behind No-Man and Porcupine Tree) and Aviv Geffen, who's apparently had a successful if controversial pop career in Israel. Count one for the "can anyone tell me why this isn't huge" file. You need this album.

Wilson's singing is much more prominent, but AG handles half the writing/instrument duties, even if his voice is mostly the backing one. The sound is basically melancholy pop (for lack of an appropriate label), but wonderfully layered and textured and impeccably produced, topped off with gorgeous harmonies and writing a lot more thoughtful than you'd find in the pop world at large. And that's not to mention the writing in the melody department, which is almost otherworldly. There's a dreamlike quality to a lot of the album, from "Glow"'s soft bed of keyboards to "Lullaby"'s simple haunting piano line (which would almost actually make it a good lullaby if it wasn't done in a minor key with some very non-soothing lyrics). "Scars" shuffles along on a lively beat and shifts into a grand sweeping chorus, but it doesn't even seem out of place. Some heavy moments come and go but they never interfere with the lushness of the experience. The consistently depressing tone is really the only reason I haven't glued one of the CD trays on my stereo shut with this disc in it... yet.

Where Wilson on his own can take seven or eight or thirteen minutes to say something, Geffen's taste for brevity keeps everything here comfortably below five.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Morelli on November 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Is there a better title for a better album? I don't know. Since purchasing the original Jewel Case edition back when the CD was first released, I've been hooked on Blackfield and highly anticipate a follow-up CD. This summer, I purchased the digi-pack edition from a local music store and brought it home, only to have fallen in love with the album all over again. Blackfield's music is pure music genius, due to the mastermind himself, Steven Wilson. I've followed SW's music, since 1999 with the Porcupine Tree CD "Stupid Dream". Blackfield is made up of all the best components & aspects of every "PT" album. The melodies, arrangements & vocals are lush, smooth, rich and only SW can produce such a masterpiece. Aviv Geffen adds his own, unique style to the songs, but mainly as "Backup" because we all know SW's got the voice. I'm not big on AG's voice, only because I've seen him perform on a TV show in Tel Aviv (a video clip) He couldn't survive alone without SW's talents, although they make a splendid duo.

My favorite tracks are:

- "BLACKFILED", because of the fantastic piano intro and genius arrangements...as well as catchy, moody lyrics.

- "PAIN", because of AG's dark voice and accent & the catchy chorus line.

Packed with 13 brilliant & flowing tracks + the video for "Blackfield", the CD pumps out nothing but real music for any true music lover. As a fan of PT, No-Man and I.E.M, I couldn't pass up the purchase of this reissue. The chorus lines, dark & moody intros & subtle tones of some songs bring out every emotion, making it impossible for me to not play the entire CD. Even the bonus tracks are great too, and I like "WHERE IS MY LOVE?". AG's voice & accent stand out in the chorus when they sing the title phrase.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By threestarsmash on March 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Blackfield is a progressive rock/pop band whose blend of minor key melancholia and wall-of-sound euphoria works best as the soundtrack to late night lounging and contemplation. Maybe under blacklight.

With a lineup featuring Aviv Geffen (Israel's David Bowie), and members of Porcupine Tree including Steve Wilson, musician and producer extraordinaire, Blackfield's sound doesn't stray too far from the Porc Tree blueprint -- if anything, it's simply more streamlined and spacey, and perhaps a tad bit more or less accessible, depending on preference. Hard rock listeners might be put out at the album's stellar but soft-edged production, but the songwriting is sure to entice people from all walks of music-listening life.

The acoustics and pianos twinkle, the drums thump, the fuzztones are truly fuzzy -- where Porcupine Tree has been given to knock-down, raspy, in-your-face metal chunk right along with the shimmering prog-rock guitar (such as on "Blackest Eyes," the first cut from their "In Absentia" LP), Blackfield's instrumentation is much more pop-friendly. The guitars swirl together in the mix, distilling a fog of tones that recalls the shoegaze of yesteryear. But, Steve Wilson's knack for production insures that the vocal lines can just as easily melt into the mix while a repeated rhythmic motif takes center stage, such as on the outro to "Perfect World."

Contrary to the warm production, "Blackfield" works wonders as a chill-out record. Hardly anything else is as relaxing as curling up with an ice cold beverage of one's choosing and putting on highly-ornamented, sparkling, yet bleak pop such as this band can create. Recommended along with any Porcupine Tree record, especially "In Absentia" and "Deadwing."
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