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Crippled Black Phoenix


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.29 | 66 ratings

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4 stars Crippled Black Phoenix's debut had everything to be a tremendous effort... however, it is has such clear flaws that it becomes really hard to fully appreciate a full listen to this album.

My major complaint about this album is "Long Cold Summer", which is a 10:35 long ambient piece, and if I can take "The Whistler", which is also an ambient piece running at 9:45, when I get to "Long Cold Summer" I just find it boring and uninspired, and it's really too long, which leads to another problem I have with this, the total length of the album. This one lasts almost 1h17 when there are moment where it could've been shortened and still have kept its feeling and brilliance, but that's not really up to me, now the music:

Second track, and the first proper one, "Really, How'd It Get this Way?" is fantastic, on the first listening I was totally amazed by the easy subtlety and cool of this song, the lyrics are barely perceptible but the vocals create perfect harmonies with the instrumental section. After the ambient one "The Whistler" come again two more straight-forward tracks, "Suppose I Told The Truth" and "When You're Gone" are very different but carry the same feeling and are definitely great tracks. After that comes "Long Cold Summer", which I already talked about.

"Goodnight, Europe" and "You Take The Devil Out Of Me" are again two very straight-forward rock songs, and they do rock! Two more great songs... Next we have two tracks a bit more experimental, Godspeed influenced "The Northern Cobbler", with a old man's monologue with music progressively growing into the song, and the weird, and not very satisfying "My Enemies I Fear Not, But Protect Me From My Friends", this ones are not favorites of mine. Au contraire, the last two are simply amazing! "I'm Almost Home" is my personal favorite, a very melancholic and placid song, a gentle instrumental full of memories; and the extraordinary closer "Sharks & Storms / Blizzard Of Horned Cats", filled with great melodies and very memorable passages, again, one of my favorites.

So, in conclusion, if this had been cut into an hour long or so, it could be a real gratifying experience, but its over length makes this sometimes hard to listen and tiring and some points.

JTP88 | 4/5 |


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