As One Aflame Laid Bare By Desire
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In my opinion, the less Oscar vocals, the better. Black Tape's best stuff is ethereal, moody, contemplative and quite beautiful. Some if it can be reminiscent of This Mortal Coil's work (in style), some of it similar to darker moodier New Age/Vidna Obmana type work (whom Sam did a collaboration with once. An excellent CD by the way). I don't care what anybody says, I happen to like that stuff and I enjoy melodramatic, dark music. To me, I don't need a band to have so called "redeeming" values in the their work. I don't see optimism as being either a "redeeming" value or a negative one. It just is. If you want optimism put some other band in your player. That's what I do. When I'm in the mood for a more bleak and serious tone, I put in Black Tape or other stuff like them. Everything has it's place and purpose. Just because a work of art is pessimistic does not mean it does not have "redeeming" quality. As for the band being too artsy and literate..well, I see both sides of this arguement. I mean with a name like Black Tape For A Blue Girl, you should know what you are in for....a little pretensiousness is bound to be evident. However it's a sad sad commentary on American culture that when someone is literate and has a knowledge of art and they show it because that is what they are genuinely interested in, they get put down or dismissed as being too "artsy".Read more ›
Black Tape for A Blue Girl is as artsy as it gets. Like all their albums, it's hit-and-miss but good enough to add to your CD library.
Sam Rosenthal's lyrics and singing are so melodramatic that you either fall off your chair laughing, or you dissolve in tears as he voices your deepest sorrows. Julianna Towns' beautiful, disciplined voice (similar to Claire Voyant's Victoria Lloyd) is an effective counterpoint. Oscar Herrera's vocals sound like Rosenthal's, and thus suit the music equally.
The instrumentation is soothing, and it's all bathed in Rosenthal's synth. Lisa Feuer's flute work is simple and seductive. Vicki Richards' serpentine violin conveys the Black Tape version of a guitar solo. When a PIANO is the most upbeat, percussive instrument on an album (as in track 8, "Russia"), that's an intense mood. The melodic standouts are "Given," "entr'acte [the carnival barker]," and my personal favorite, "Denouement/denouncement." The ambient vibe of "The Passage" is so hypnotic that if you close your eyes, you either see The Light At The End of The Tunnel, or you lapse into a coma for three weeks.
"As One Aflame" goes exactly where Black Tape has gone before, but they're the only band going SO VERY FAR along that path. They're the sonic equivalent of the girl in 11th grade who wore raccoon eye makeup and wrote poetry with her two friends during lunch. Viva la Mope!
I would agree with other reviewers that it's not for everyone's taste. So, I wouldn't recommend this if you aren't friendly to (or at least open-minded about) experimental/ambient music. I would hesitate to call most of these tracks "songs" in the traditional sense. If you expect a beat and a melody, you'll be disappointed! Also, don't expect great poetry. The lyrics are, at least in my opinion, second-rate. (But that isn't especially distracting. The vocal delivery is generally very non-agressive, so you can ignore the words and let the voices blend into the sounds.)
On the positive side, this CD weaves together a mood that is tranquil, yearning, and dreamy. It's all pretty, and there are occasional moments of beauty. The ethereal voices are nice (especially the female vocals) and the instrumentation is often lulling and sometimes haunting.
You could find it either peaceful or boring, I think, because it doesn't build to any real crescendos. Fragments of melody appear and disappear. A motif starts to develop, then fades away. I think of it as "emotional driftwood" because it's like a fragment of feeling or a bit of a story that washes up on the beach with one wave, then vanishes underwater again with the next. I find it nice to listen to with my eyes closed, just letting my thoughts swirl in and out of the soundscapes. It's sort of like meditation music, but painted with a different palette than the new-age stuff, grey-tones instead of brights or pastels.
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delivered as described. I would order from this retailer again, excellent service. if no one has ever seen this band live, you should, they rock and are obscure.Published on May 20, 2013 by william b cherry
The album as a whole is a wealth of texture, vivid imagery and elegant compositions delivered by tasteful instrumentation. Read morePublished on July 9, 2012 by Ray
Being a casual fan of the goth genre for twenty years, I thought I'd give this album a try. Of course this is no Sisters Of Mercy. Read morePublished on December 11, 2005 by H3@+h
Black Tape for a Blue Girl is overlooked in the music business considering their talent and the quality of their music. Read morePublished on March 14, 2002 by Sal Paradise
I heard the track "Given" on a sampler CD and was intrigued enough to buy this. Not the smartest purchase I've ever made. Read morePublished on March 3, 2002 by John S Harris
I'm shocked, shocked I say, that I never discovered this band until recently. How the hell could I have missed them? Read morePublished on October 23, 2001 by Matthew M. Crocker
One of the reasons the "Goth Talk" skits from Saturday Night Live were so funny was because there was a fragment of truth in them (and judging from this CD, not a small... Read morePublished on August 27, 2001
but I loved it. This was my first Black Tape for a Blue Girl album, and I find it dreamily wonderful. Read morePublished on August 10, 2000 by Amazon Customer