Brightblack Morning Light
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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.
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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Ignore all the other reviewers' cliched mockery of hippies and patchouli, etc. They are totally missing the point of this album. Read morePublished 11 months ago by E.S.
The cd is ok. I find it to be very repetitive in the sense that all of their songs sound the same, but somehow I still can not stop listening to it.Published on July 3, 2012 by elle
Brightback Morning Light - (self-titled, 2006)
. . . the entire album comes close to sounding like one continuous mellow song. Read more
not very jazzy - but does the same sort of tripped down focus to folk and blues that bohren does with jazz. i love it. Read morePublished on January 19, 2009 by D. Anderson
This was one of those albums where the first song came on ("Everybody Daylight") and it immediately caught my attention because I liked it so much. Read morePublished on May 1, 2007 by superinkygrrl
If psychedelic blues involved sounds echoing through space that happened to be derived from a blues scale, then this is it. Slightly hypnotic.Published on March 20, 2007 by GB
this album has cool all over it. it's like the coolest film score to the coolest film never made. minimalist, mysterious, and sometimes a bit eerie, this recording goes right onto... Read morePublished on March 5, 2007 by fluffy, the human being.
When it comes time to check out--just smoke a cigarette and go down easy. Isn't that the way it ought to be? Read morePublished on February 6, 2007 by byrner