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  • Vinyl (August 27, 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B00DOZNIMU
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #289,283 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Vinyl LP pressing. 2013 release, the fourth from this Prog/Alt-Rock project from Israeli Rock musician Aviv Geffen, and band that also features Steven Wilson and other special guests Brett Anderson (Suede), Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) and Vincent Cavanagh (Anathema). Blackfield was started by Aviv and Steven in 2001 and have previously released the critically acclaimed albums Blackfield (2004), Blackfield II (2007) and 2011's Welcome To My DNA. Since Welcome To My DNA, Geffen's profile has continued to rise and Aviv has worked with legendary producers Tony Visconti and Trevor Horn, played live with U2 and Placebo, and has been a judge on the Israeli TV show, The Voice. Aviv contributed the writing and vocals on Blackfield IV, with Steven Wilson - who also mixed the album - adding guitar and vocal parts.

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I actually enjoyed 'Welcome To My DNA' a lot, and I think it deserves more praise than people give it.
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It sounds like Aviv was trying to get a record out to satisfy the record cycle without putting much thought and effort into it.
P.J. Maguire
The lush string arrangements, the weak and more pop oriented song writing suffers without Steven's collaboration.
Robert E. Smith

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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Daniel on August 29, 2013
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I'm going to second everything N. Gibbons wrote in his review as it's almost like he read my mind. I bought this album without listening to any samples because I've loved/liked past Blackfield/Porcupine Tree albums. Well I'm sorry to say that was a mistake. This album is just plain disappointing. Very little creativity and SHORT, SHORT songs with the album clocking in at a pathetic 31 minutes (didn't realize I was buying an EP marketed and priced as an LP!). The reason I'm giving the album three stars is because songs like X-ray, Sense of Insanity, and Jupiter save it from being completely unlistenable. X-ray has great vocals from Vincent and an awesome melody. If you want to buy it do so, but expect a maximum of 15 minutes of decent music.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By N. Gibbons on August 28, 2013
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Oh dear , oh dear . I , like many , loved the first 2 Blackfield albums . The Welcome to my DNA was a very mixed bag . Took a while to grow on me but finally was acceptable but nothing exceptional . And now #4 . First of all , it clocks in at a very disappointing 31 minutes only . Who makes 30 minute albums these days ?
As for the content ?
Oh dear , oh dear ....... oh dear .
Incredibly dull . All very well orchestrated and pleasant enough but not a standout track at all in the 30 minutes . Even Steven Wilsons presence on track 7 "Jupiter" can't save it from being sub standard .
Musically , as i said , its pleasant and even slightly "Beatlesque " , but there really is nothing here to make you prick up your ears . Half finished ideas for songs ? Starter riffs that could have gone somewhere but don't . Take "Lost Souls" . Theres a good melody line leading to a potential chorus that ..... just ... goes .... nowhere . Wasted .
The 30 minutes passed by and even playing it again ..... and again ...... still felt like "mall" music .
Sorry Avi , i really wanted this to be a great album .
But its kind of like a Chicken Korma . Bland , harmless and all in all pleasant but no spice , kick or zing to it .
Save your dollars .
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert E. Smith on September 7, 2013
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I was a bit worried when I heard that Steven stepped away from Blackfield as being a co-writer. And disappointedly so, my worries were confirmed. Sadly, this is not my type of music. The lush string arrangements, the weak and more pop oriented song writing suffers without Steven's collaboration. I've tried several times to listen to it, but it's just not my style. I feel that Aviv is going to be searching for his own mark on this band in the future, but I'm not going to hold my breath for anything inspirational. If I need a Blackfield fix, I'll gladly put the first two remarkable cd's in my player. They were superb!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KJD on September 12, 2013
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Been a huge Blackfield fan since the first album. Saw the DNA tour in Boston - One of my favorite shows ever. However, THIS 1/2+ album (31:22 total) has maybe 10min worth of listenable music. WIKI states that Aviv picked these songs for the "album" from 30 total. * perhaps he chose wrong. * excluding "Pills" this is nothing like any previous release. Sad. PLUS - where are the mentions of the musicians? 8-panel insert without a single mention. Are they a "band" OR is this an Aviv solo record (which might explain all that goes wrong on this recording)?
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By D.Capito on October 18, 2013
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Weak release.Save your money.The pakaging is very nice though.lol
There's a few good tracks on this release,but overall it lacks bigtime.
The obvious has been mentioned numerous times.No S.W.,and it shows
all over this one.I'm sorry.I really love Blackfield.The first is
a masterpiece.II was excellent,and DNA was very good.IV is a real
step backward.I hope Steven has more to do with the next release???
I dig Aviv,but without the master,he's just a puppet.......Bummer.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Madapaty on September 4, 2013
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Except for a few songs that the other reviewers also pointed out - Jupiter, X-ray, Pills - the album simply doesn't register even after multiple listens. Full of undeveloped ideas and half-baked lyrics, this is a disappointing album from fans that have come to expect a certain quality of output from Aviv Geffen and the incredibly talented musicians he had collaborated with to make this album.
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful By P.J. Maguire on August 30, 2013
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Wow what a let down! This album was rushed and lacks heart and soul unlike the 3 previous. It sounds like Aviv was trying to get a record out to satisfy the record cycle without putting much thought and effort into it. It's obvious Steven Wilson did not have much to do with it for his touch is missing through out the whole record with the exception of the tracks he obviously composed and performed. Also, this album is too short! 30 minutes are you kidding me? As a fan since the first record I feel very let down. Please guys get back in the studio together and top DNA! This IV is just 30 minutes of effortless boring sample tracks. Come on!
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Blackfield's career trajectory has been an interesting one to watch. Formed in 2004 as a collaboration between prog-guru Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree, No-Man, and a slew of other solo projects) and Israeli pop-rocker Aviv Geffen, the duo released two albums over the next three years which illustrated a democratic exchange of ideas rare between two songwriters of such stylistically separate camps. Comprised largely of Geffen-penned solo tunes re-arranged by Wilson, the latter also included several of his own original compositions which delved into uncharacteristically succinct and upbeat forays into pop music, side-stepping the ten-minute-plus epic tracks which Wilson's career includes among its apex. This unlikely partnership allowed both musicians to benefit from the crossover of their two geographically distinct fanbases. Geffen, whose career had earned him opening spots for U2 and a great deal of success as a solo artist in Israel, was introduced to Wilson's cult-like following which remains on the rise to this day. Wilson, on the other hand, was stripped of his progressive tendencies and forced by proxy to follow a radio-friendly style of songwriting in order to set Blackfield apart from his already established repertoire. Though Porcupine Tree had flirted with pop structures since their 1999 album Stupid Dream, partnering with Aviv Geffen allowed Wilson to expand on this style of composition on a larger scale.

The buzz centered around each of the band's successive albums has been largely due to Wilson's fanbase, at least in the United States and Western Europe, yet ironically, each release following sophomore release Blackfield II has seen him taking successively larger steps away from the project.
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