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This review is from: Passover (Audio CD)
Passover is just a phenomenal debut (full length) record for The Black Angels. I have not heard any contemporary record that so strongly fits the 60's psychedelic rock vibe. That said, I do not intend it as a compliment or complaint, just a statement of fact. I am neither a product of the 60's, nor do I care a great deal for its music. That said, this recording sounds to me like it was transplanted from that era - in tone at least. Something must set it apart, however, because if it were straight up 60's, as I said, I probably would not like it.
The rhythms are "hard" (not fast); driving and pulsing. The sound is mesmerizing, hypnotic. There is a drone to the music and an equally effective drone to the vocals in many instances. The lead vocalist is a great compliment to the music. Great guitar licks that supplement the rhythm are sprinkled throughout. There is occasional dissonance and distortion.
The music is blues-infected; the lyrics are plaintive, politically informed, and socially conscious. Perhaps they sound like a throwback to the 60's in part because a common subject is war (they obviously reference Vietnam and Iraq). There is a depth of symbolism in some songs and a more overt meaning in others. And despite the fact they can best be categorized as psychedelic, there is a lot more going on. The final listed track hints at U2's Bad and the hidden track is mostly folksy acoustic. This is a very talented group.
It's just a very solid recording. Dim the lights, turn it up, and let the music wash over you. This group and particularly this recording are tremendous finds.
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Initial post: Aug 22, 2009 9:27:07 AM PDT
Tome Raider says:
Some people have a knack for writing potent reviews. I think you have a future here....
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 8, 2009 5:51:39 AM PDT
K. Sullivan says:
Thanks for the kind words, Tome.
Posted on Nov 16, 2010 9:22:47 AM PST
man who sold the world says:
For a somewhat younger band to the "scene" this band is loaded with potential. There is a quality that surfaces with them that can give you the impression that it was written years ago but with a modern edge, I may might not be the best reviewer but the sounds that emanate from my system when I play this c.d. are as mesmerizing as stated before and can make you find yourself somewhere else, somewhere dark and mysterious . I don't wanna leave there when I get there . Please leave out the U2 comparisons and think more of "6 Organs of Admittance" if you need a comparison ( not a top 40 hit-maker machine as U2 is). It seems this culture always needs to compare . There are even times this band can even sound similar to a downbeat (sic) Clinic, which is an another great under-rated band. This band can mean many things to many interpretations but it all comes down to the fact that they are a "tremendous" find as previously stated and I hope they stick around for a long time.
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