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Blackfield is the acclaimed collaboration
between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree)
and Israeli artist Aviv Geffen.
Formed after a meeting in 2000, the partnership
blossomed into a cross-cultural collaboration that
has already spawned two albums (Blackfield and
Blackfield II). They return in March with their third
album, Welcome To My DNA, following a gap of four
years caused by both artists recent hectic schedules.
Porcupine Tree s 2009 release, The Incident, is the band s best selling album to date, and
the band has continued to raise its profile around the world, recently playing sold out gigs at
London s Royal Albert Hall and New York s Radio City Music Hall. However, Porcupine Tree
is just one of Steven s several musical projects, which also include Blackfield, No-Man, and
Bass Communion. Steven is also a Grammy nominated producer and mixer working with the
likes of Opeth, King Crimson, and Yoko Ono. He also co-wrote and sang a song on the recent
UK number one album by Pendulum.
During the gap between albums, Aviv has released his first English language solo album
(produced by Trevor Horn) and has supported U2 and Placebo. The son of esteemed Israeli
poet Yehonatan Geffen and the nephew of Moshe Dayan, Geffen is Israel s leading counterculture
rock musician. A huge star in his native country, his
records have been greeted with critical adulation, earning him a
string of gold albums. Aviv has worked with various artists, including
Brett Anderson (Suede), Mercury Rev and Belle and Sebastian,
throughout his career but it has been his partnership with Steven
that has proved the most fertile, and both artists have been keen to
return to their work with Blackfield.
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  • Audio CD (April 19, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Kscope
  • ASIN: B004MLZWRO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
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Steve Wilson continues an incredible string of brilliant albums, this time in his teaming with Aviv Geffin as Blackfield. The third Blackfield cd "Welcome to My DNA" is an excellent mix of two different but talented musicians and just might be their best and most realized group of songs. Mostly written by Geffin, the songs are elevated by Wilson's sound, vision and production talents. There are elements of progressive sounds mixed with orchestral strings that take simpler songs of melancholy and angst and elevate them into complex, compelling and thrilling productions: try "Dissolving With the Night" which intensifies in mood and tension, like the high points of a Hitchcock movie. The Steve Wilson penned "Waving" is a standout as is the incredible "Blood". "Blood", which I understand is what the band is opening with on tour, is a tour de force and ends with the Beach Boy like harmonies which Wilson agains uses beautifully as he has in many Porcupine Tree songs. Collectively each track is intersting, hook laden and strong but I cannot help thinking that these songs are going to be used as movie soundtracks in time. Yes, Geffin's voice takes some getting used to but teamed with the Wilson leads and magical harmonies, it works. More mellow than Porcupine Tree, Blackfield is a great vehicle for Steve Wilson to record shorter, more compact songs while never compromising the integrity of the music and challenging the listner.

Steve Wilson has created a remarkable catalog of music that has thrilled me for the past twenty years or so. "Welcome to my DNA" nestles nicely into that collection and will be enjoyed for a long time. Yessir, he has done it again.
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I have been awaiting "Welcome to my DNA" for a very long time now, and to tell you the truth, I am disappointed. I have given this album repeated spins and it is not clicking with me like Blackfield's first two albums did. That said, there are some really good tracks here (Oxygen, Zigota, On the Plane) and also Blackfield's worst song (Go To Hell - seriously, is this a joke track or what?) Aviv Geffen is the real star of this album; Steven sounds uninspired.

I know I will get a lot of unhelpful votes for this review, but, truth be told, this is a major misstep for Steven Wilson and Blackfield.
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I will join in with the others who claim "Go to Hell" is the WORST track......so bad it should not have been included....even as a B-side....so juvenile. I was shocked when they did this live in NYC on the tour. I'm not slamming this release but compared to the other two, this is weak tea. On the other hand, the tour was BRILLIANT! Loud and clear with a good selection of old and new. The band is so great live. Don't let this one sway you from future releases. KEEP THE FAITH. (You can't always hit a homerun). By the way......this CD does not grow on you. The good tracks are good, the bad are....well........whatever.
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welcome to my dna.... i guess i had bigger expectations for the long awaited blackfield's third album.
i was looking for something as good as blackfield 1 and 2 ....it didnt really happen.
glass house, far away, zigota and oxygen, make the cut, go to hell its one of the worst songs i ever heard.
far away its a beautiful minimalistic song with a great strings arrengment.
and also most of the song are very short.
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After years and years of sustained brilliance, Steven Wilson made a boring album.

The other Blackfield CDs had lots of interesting songs: Blackfield, Glow, Lullaby, Pain, Cloudy Now, Perfect World, Once, Christenings, Epidemic, End of the World...

But this one? Most of the songs are drowsy. Some are monotonous to the point of irritation. Some just puerile.

Blood and Oxygen come closest to standing out.
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I'm a long time fan of just about anything Steven Wilson does so it was a no-brainer to give Blackfied a listen when it first came out. Howoever, they are certainly their own band since Aviv Geffen clearly is in the drivers seat as the primary songwriter. With regard to this release, I'll admit to being apprehensive to getting it because there were some negative reviews coming from fans (worst Blackfield, disappointing, etc). I decided to purchase it anyway for completion sake but mostly it was after hearing Waving - the sole Steven Wilson composition. What a fantastic piece of pop music (and it has a great video).

After giving it repeated listens, I'd have to say that this definitely ranks up there with Blackfield and Blackfield II. Oxygen, Waving, On The Plane, and Glass House are all great songs. Most of the others are pretty good also(Rising of the Tide is another favorite).

There are some negatives though.
1) Having a 39 1/2 minute length is criminal in this day and age. While the previous 2 release were not exactly epic in length, I just find it hard to accept anything less than 40 minutes - even if by 30 seconds.
2) Go To Hell is just the worst song ever, Blackfield or not....at least in my collection. I have nothing against angry songs. As a matter of fact, Age of Greed by Killing Joke is one of my favorites but Go To Hell is just awful. I can't even enjoy the melody because of the singing/lyrics. I understand the context in which this was written (angry at family members at the time of writing) but it just doesn't belong with the other songs. Maybe it should have been a "hidden track".

4 stars for continuing right where they left off. Give it a chance and a few listens before judging.
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