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BLACKFIELD

Blackfield

 

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ProgBagel
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4 stars Blackfield - Blackfield 4.0 stars

Blackfield - "A collaboration between Israeli singer songwriter Aviv Geffen and British musician and producer Steven Wilson."

Let me start off by saying, this music is not essential to any proggers collection. This is not an epic album; this is fully rid of any kind of pretension. This is just a collaboration of two great artists making pop music with a great edge, taking influences of prog.pop- prog so to speak. I give this 4 stars because this is an incredible album.every song is excellent besides a few, but there is nothing mind-blowing or epic about which is why again, no 5 stars.

Steven Wilson is the main songwriter behind the incredible band 'Porcupine Tree' as well as numerous other projects and in my opinion he writes this kind of music on this project here because he doesn't desire to take Porcupine Tree or his other projects in this direction. Aviv Geffen is a highly successful solo artist who has made several gold albums in his own country and had taken an interest in Porcupine Tree. After playing shows together the idea was discussed with Wilson and later this exquisite project was formed.

I feel it would be extremely difficult to do a track-by-track analysis of their work. All I can say is that just about every track has an extremely catchy driving force that can attract even the biggest of the prog-elitists. The guitar work is fancy at times and also has power chords used in rock music, but played in a very unique and clever way that definitely separates this project from the crap that is plaguing in the radio. There is a unique mix of acoustic and electric guitar work.used together and separately. I believe the vocal work done on these albums is among Wilson's best and Geffen does a great job too, I'm not too familiar with his solo work so I have nothing to draw comparison to. The music is not entirely limited to those instruments here; a grand piano is constantly put into the music, as well as the typical PT synth work and effects. The overall sound is entirely melancholic too.

In conclusion, this album is full of short melancholic beauty. This album is essential to anyone that enjoys 'Lightbulb Sun' by Porcupine Tree. Also if you want to see Porcupine Tree with more piano and less synth.this is your album. I love this album and play it a lot when I'm in a downer.it is great work. A stellar album so I deem it worthy of 4 stars.

ProgBagel | 4/5 |

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