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Editorial Reviews

"Haunting", "ethereal", and "oozing with soul" are just a few of the words used to describe the music of these Alabama-Kentucky-to-Northern California transplants. Backed by a crack ensemble, this duo's transcendent brand of super-spooky, carefully crafted music for many moods is the genre-blurring experience of the decade. "Brightblack's free form blues sound transcends marketing, name-dropping, and hustling, taking us for a blindfolded dive into a live river. When you close your eyes, separating yourself from your immediate surroundings, and hear Rabob's (Rachael's) moody keys and experience the slow syrup rhythms of Nabob's (Nathan's) 'Bear Momma' slide guitar, you find yourself lost in an unpretentious, unmaterialistic world" - Soma

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Everybody Daylight
  2. Friend of Time
  3. Fry Bread
  4. Star Blanket River Child
  5. All We Have Broken Shines
  6. A River Could Be Loved
  7. Amber Canyon Magik
  8. Black Feather Wishes Rise
  9. Come Another Rain Down
  10. We Share Our Blanket With the Owl


Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 20, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B000FFOZYM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #166,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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...stoned..that's the word I'd use to describe this album....very, very blissfully stoned........Some of it sort of sounds like fleetwood mac's 'albatross' played at 15rpm...mixed in with a bit of ry cooder 'Paris Texas' soundtrack .......with a bit of something that could be approximated to the blues as played by a narcoleptic......at any minute you're expecting them to sort of stop playing for 30 seconds, then wake up and start playing again....There's something a bit film soundtracky about it all...but art house film soundtracky.....It's also got that sixties vibe ...but its still wholly original and unlike any thing you'll hear this year. Particularly when the brass starts up ...you just don't expect it to be there, but it works....
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Southern rock-dub would be the most suiting genre, I think. I find it genuinely daring of them to ooze such a slow groove for so long. A little gimmicky...maybe that, too. You won't want to listen to this all the time, but definitely on the mark when golden light rakes through the room.
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That's about the best description I can think of for this album: a slow motion Morcheeba without the supercorny lyrics.

Elsewhere, I read a review of this album that described it thusly: 'If you're the sort of person who can sit down and listen to three 20-minute versions of the Dead's 'Dark Star,' this is for you.' Being a huge Dead fan, I might take three 'Dark Stars' instead, but I can see where they're coming from.

I get the whole sound-collage, songs-blending-together-pastiche thing, but how about a song in a different key now and again? In the same way that Dylan does recastings of his songs live, Brightblack seems to be co-opting James Browns' technique of working a nice studio jam and doing it to death.

And death might also be an apt description. These songs all move in sloooow time - there is one mild exception, but I wouldn't exactly call it upbeat - and I could see any one of them serving as the perfect score for a suicide scene or slo-mo sex scene in a movie (also, coincidentally, some of them work rather well as striptease songs, with their bluesy licks and heartbeat drums).

I'm a bit conflicted about the record as a whole. I like the first song so much, but then so much of the album plays like an extension OF that song...

So, like the Dead's 43-minute 'Dark Star' from a '72 Philly Spectrum show (also, this album is just about 45 mins. long), it's a beautiful, roots-blues excursion that plays for just about the right length of time. Good stuff.
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This is basically an advancement of the esthetic behind that whole LOW MUSIC movement. In fact, there has always been bands, that worked with this musical ideology. I'm talking about very low, tribal drumming, lots of drones, slide guitar, deep bass playing, and whispery, freaked out lyrics that function not unlike druidic chants at a festival in honor of Morpheus. At times, with the two female soul singers behind him, you might think you were listening to the early NIGHT TRIPPER albums that Dr. John recorded when he was still fun. Then, you hear the slide guitar, and you are reminded of STICKY FINGERS era stones, with Mick Taylor's slide work, played over the low, thunderous drum and bass attack of Bill and Charlie. Or even the slide guitar of Duane Allman, when the Allman brothers still were playing some deep southern soul, and jazz, before their double tragedy. Next thing you know, you are hearing influences from to LOW to MORPHINE (the band after they got the keyboard player, and began to study those subsonic notes that blew my woofers!) Just to keep it earthy, there's even a layer of shamanistic tribal, Indian drumming on a lot of the cuts. obviously, a lot of different influences are converging here, and making that kind of fusion work, is a tricky business. The danger is that the band could end up either copying their formula for this unique sound, or reducing the fusion of influences, to make for a clearer, more mass appealing product. Hopefully, they will stay sincere, and bands this underground usually DO stay loyal to their philosopies. In any case, this band sounds as if they are at the top of their game artistically, and they know their game quite while.Read more ›
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not a whole lot happens on this album. it has moments of groove and soul and cool, bits and pieces that sound good and feel good, but between them is a whole lot of filler. it's not like the bad is even noodling, they're simply playing the same groove for a long time (or what seems like a long time) without taking it anywhere. tension never builds, so there is never any release. neither is it a constant drone with microscopic variations and changes. it's not interesting white noise. this is music for stoner elevators.

i can't say i dislike this album, but it doesn't do anything for me either. i'd prefer to give it something less than three but more than two. the playing is competent, but nothing exciting. the best part is probably the glasses that come with the package. i like seeing everything with rainbows. at least then something changes.
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