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3.14 | 47 ratings | 5 reviews | 19% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1996

Songs / Tracks Listing

0. untitled hidden track (Jazz på trøndska) (8:34) *
1. Sinful, Wind-Borne (5:21)
2. "Drug Thing" (4:37)
3. Greener (6:13)
4. 's Numbness (3:57)
5. The Nerve Tattoo (4:02)
6. True Middle (4:51)
7. S.T.G. (9:45)
8. Manmower (4:16)
9. Fools Gold (3:57)
10. Nathan Daniel's Tune from Hawaii (6:11)

Total Time: 61:44

* Only on 1996 Columbia CD

Line-up / Musicians

- Bent Sæther / lead vocals, bass, acoustic guitar, piano (0), co-producer
- Hans Magnus "Snah" Ryan / lead guitar, vocals, Fender Rhodes (0)
- Håkon Gebhardt / drums

- Morten Fagervik / rhythm guitar, Mellotron, clavinet, Viscount organ, piano, vibraphone, vocals
- Helge "Deathprod" Sten / samples, Theremin, electronics, co-producer
- Ole Henrik Moe / violin (5)
- Bitten Forsudd / backing vocals (4,5)
- Rolf Yngve Uggen / backing vocals (4)
- Matt Burt / narration (6)
- M. Banto / pandeiro (7)

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Kim Hiorthøy

CD Columbia COL 483786 2 (1995 Norway) With a pre-gap hidden track
2LP Stickman Records, Offworld PSYCHOBABBLE 003, Psy.Bab. 003, OW002 DLP (1995 Europe)
CD Birdnest Records BIRD102CD (1995 Sweden)
CD Survival SUR 533 CD (1995 Europe)
2LP Stickman Records PSYCHOBABBLE 003 (1996 Germany)
2LP Columbia 483786-9 (1996 Norway)
CD Stickman Records PSYCHOBABBLE 003 (1996 Germany)
CD Offworld OW 002 CD (1996 Italy)
2LP Stickman Records PSYCHOBABBLE 003, Psy.Bab. 003 (2013 Germany)

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MOTORPSYCHO Blissard ratings distribution

(47 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(34%)
Good, but non-essential (34%)
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Review by Sean Trane
3 stars One of the ugliest artworks ever (a blurry teddy bear's head) and a meaningless (IMHO) multi- page booklet , Into The Void We Have To Travel (AKA Blissard) is the four or fifth album of the by- now quartet, although there is this Deathprod character listed as member, playing Theremin and other electronic gizmos. This album is definitely a product of its time (second half of the 90's) and tries to hide its influences in a sea of blurry mist of mystery with enigmatic clues or vague hints to help understand their music.

Maybe the fact that the group became a quartet of playing musicians provoked the sound to soften up a bit, with the addition of Ragervik on keys and vibes, but rhythm guitar as well, but the group's captain is still definitely bassist & singer Saether and the lieutenant guitarist Ryan, still responsible for general sound of the group. On the other hand the sound palette is infinitely richer than on early albums such as Lobotomizer, but also less metallic as well, even if the album has still the right kind of energy? In some ways, with some of these tracks, we're not far from alternative/indie rock ala Radiohead and REM (Nerve Tattoo), sometimes with a post rock atmosphere (True Middle). Obviously the album's centrepiece is the almost 10-mis Sonic Teenage Guinevere (STG for short in the track list) where the group unleashes their respective fingers on the no-less respective instruments with a really quiet middle section/break, definitely the album's proggier moment too. With Blissard, you're holding one of MP's more enigmatic release, but also one of the more frustrating, because iot sounds forced at times, as if they were trying to do something different, but it wasn't coming easy to them, so they looked around for inspirations.

Review by Bonnek
2 stars Blissard marks a move towards more mainstream indie material (whatever mainstream indie means). Half of the songs are very upbeat, happy almost, almost like the poppy side of The Cure in a crunchy mood. The other half veer towards more experimental post-rock, but not as far-reaching as the previous album.

The change of approach doesn't charm me much but I believe it was an important experience for the band, one that sharpened their songwriting and arrangement skills, which came in handy on their upcoming albums. There are still lots of influences from Sonic Youth that give the album a wild flair at times, but generally this is too 13-a-dozen indie for me. As standout tracks I would list Sinful, Wind-Borne, True Middle, STG and Moonmower, most of which showing a post-rock flair as well.

Blissard is an album that marks a step in the development of the band but it's no match for the 4 albums around it. Not bad for fans but not a recommended album to start exploring Motorpsycho. 2.5 stars.

Review by UMUR
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars "Blissard" is the 4th full-length studio album by Norwegian hard rock/psychadelic rock act Motorpsycho. The album was released through Stickman Records in February 1996. To bridge the gap between "Timothy's Monster (1994)" and "Blissard", the members of Motorpsycho enganged in the Motorpsycho & Friends project (sometimes refered to as The International Tussler Society) titled "The Tussler ? Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1994)". Itīs a country rock styled soundtrack to a fictional Spaghetti Western originally released on CD in a very limited amount of copies.

With "Blissard" the band return to more familiar hard rock/psychadelic rock ground though. However it seems the "Tussler" experience has provided Motorpsycho with some fresh ideas and a new approach to writing music, because to my ears there is a big difference in compositional quality if you compare "Timothy's Monster (1994)" and "Blissard". Stylistically the music continues down the same alternative rock path with nods toward psychadelic rock (mostly in the middle section of "Sonic Teenage Guinevere") and hard rock as on "Timothy's Monster (1994)", but the tracks are generally more memorable and intriguing than the case was on the more mediocre predecessor. There is good dynamics on the album and there are both hard rocking tracks and more mellow songs on the tracklist. The music is guitar, bass, drums and vocal driven, but there are occasional use of various keyboards/organs on the album too. Bent Saetherīs voice is a bit thin/fragile and he sounds strained at times, but somehow he pulls it off anyway. The vocals are a slight issue though and thankfully something that would get better with each subsequent release.

"Blissard" features the most well sounding production on any Motorpsycho release up until then. The fact that theyīve opted for a slightly more organic sound on this album is definitely one of the main reasons. Itīs nice to hear that Motorpsycho already this early on in their career start to embrace a more warm and organic 70s influenced sound and slowly begin to move away from the more abrassive alternative rock sound of their formative years. That transition has been obvious in glimpses on the previous releases, but itīs here on "Blissard" that itīs become an integrated part of the sound.

So all in all "Blissard" is a step up from previous releases by the band, and itīs a pretty enjoyable listen in itīs own right too. Itīs not a perfect album by any means and there are still some issues with for instance the quality of the vocal performance, but itīs still obvious that "Blissard" is a quality release featuring many intriguing ideas, tight playing, and a powerful and suiting sound production. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

Latest members reviews

3 stars Deeper into alternative rock psyche of Motorpsycho we go... (I started out with their later, retro-rock albums). Despite the early Motorpsycho's reputation for noisy drone and love of Sonic Youth, Soundgarden and Dinosaur Jr., this approach is not dominant and standing in the way of melody. This ... (read more)

Report this review (#1399439) | Posted by Progrussia | Thursday, April 16, 2015 | Review Permanlink

4 stars After the double extravaganza Timothy's Monster, Motorpsycho switched label from Harvest/EMI (ring any bells?) to Sony/Columbia where they would stay the next 10 years. The first release on Sony was Blissard, which was a more "written" and arranged record than they'd ever done before. Sonic Yo ... (read more)

Report this review (#278712) | Posted by tired_feet | Tuesday, April 20, 2010 | Review Permanlink

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