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BLACKFIELD II

Blackfield

 

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3.68 | 304 ratings

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obiter
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2 stars Another album from the fun-meister Steve Wilson. This time with the comparably very cheerful Mr Geffen.

once is an upbeat decent pop track. Yeah!!

1,000 people opens with characteristic Stevo happiness: 1,000 people smiling at me/but i want to die ... nice one Steve! Just when i thought it was possible to listen to an album involving Steve without reaching for the razor blades I'm conftonted with Now This is What i Call Music to Slash My Wrists To Volume II. Time to dig put my Smith s collection to cheer me up. Seriously why is this guy's music so unbearably miserable?

Miss U is about another failed relationship but hey it's positively uplifting compared to 1,000 people.

Christening has an impressive Beatles feel. Great track. Pop from the top drawer. Still laced with a modcum of sombre music but hey it's Steve!

This Killer opens with a lovely guitar sound: reminds me of Lee Ritenour: fabulous sound. Of course, Steve jumps in and introduces his melancholic tones. Here it works. throughout there remains this beautiful guitar sound (nothing complex in terms of playing but it's just a fabuluous recording of guitar: for me it cuts through everything). Beautiful and clean.

Epidemic: not another break up song but this one is tinged with jealously. Oh please: An epidemic in my heart/Takes hold and slowly poisons me/Her will won't let me beIt comes in waves and bleeds me dry/This love is slowly killing me/For me, there's noone else

Gift of Silence is a musical shot in the arm for the album: uplifting. But the lyrics: The smile on my lips is a sign that I don't hear you leaving me/And I don't hear my own soul scream. Jeez but can someone please cheer these guys up!!!?

So, what's the verdict? I always find Steve Wilson difficult. Themes are so depressing and morose but the craft is excellent.

for me life is too short to be draged down into the depths of despond by this ... if you're a fan buy it & you will enjoy it otherwise look elsewhere.

obiter | 2/5 |

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