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BLACKFIELD is an collaboration of the British musician Steve Wilson (PORCUPINE TREE, NO-MAN, I.E.M.) and Aviv Geffen who is an Israeli songwriter. Their style is also very similar to "newer" PORCUPINE TREE works. The songs are about 3/5 minutes long, bit pop-edged, but well done!

They made a Israeli release in January 2004 of the "Blackfield" album, the in August planned 2004 worldwide release of "Blackfield" will contain an 3 songs EP, containing the songs "Perfect World" "Where is My Love?" and a live recording of "Cloudy Now". With the April 2004 vinyl version goes an 7" with "Perfect World", and an Israeli "Feel So Low". They also made the PROMO singles "Hello", "Pain", "Blackfield", "Cloudy Now". This "Blackfield" album is recommended if you're an PORCUPINE TREE fan. But useless for a proghole, some will say that Steven's works aren't prog, some do... It is just not 70ies prog.

Huub Vlemmings (Radioactive Toy), Netherlands

See also:
- I.E.M.
- No-Man
- Porcupine Tree

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3.78 | 303 ratings
Blackfield
2004
3.69 | 304 ratings
Blackfield II
2007
3.51 | 169 ratings
Welcome To My DNA
2011
2.69 | 75 ratings
Blackfield IV
2013

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3.70 | 58 ratings
Blackfield: NYC - Live in New York City
2007

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4.17 | 6 ratings
Hello
2003
4.00 | 9 ratings
Pain
2003
4.00 | 12 ratings
Cloudy Now
2004
3.13 | 7 ratings
Miss U
2007
3.00 | 7 ratings
Once
2007
4.33 | 6 ratings
Blackfield (extended)
2010

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 Blackfield by BLACKFIELD album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.78 | 303 ratings

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Review by Warthur
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4 stars Reminiscent, perhaps, of where Porcupine Tree might have gone if they had persisted in the indie rock/art rock direction of Stupid Dream and Lightbulb Sun instead of taking a left turn into the metallic territory of In Absentia, Blackfield's debut album presents the usual Porcupine Tree spacey melancholy spiced up by the contributions of Aviv Geffen. Although later Blackfield releases would see Geffen take the lead on the project, this debut is more of a Steven Wilson- led affair, so those who are coming to Blackfield via Wilson's numerous other projects may find this the easiest point to get on. Not a classic, but charming in its own right.

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 Blackfield II by BLACKFIELD album cover Studio Album, 2007
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Review by Memo_anathemo

5 stars This album is far from being progressive but close to bring pop music into a more progressive perspective, is that possible? yeas, of course, Steven Wilson has always being considered for being a perfectionist and explorer of new horizons. No Man is the melancholic side; Porcupine Tree, the experimental side; IEM, the instrumental side; Bass Communion, the weird side; and of course Blackfield, the pop side. The second delivery brings us more "commercial" (none of the songs is commercial, but it sounds more audible for any listener) together with melancholic songs. Blackfield II has this type of music with great care in different aspects: the lyrics, the message they try to convey, the musical aspects, the background of every song, the instrumentation, the voices ... essential aspects of progressive rock, that's why this album is one of my favorite ones.

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2.69 | 75 ratings

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Review by JawdysBasement

2 stars High expectations are sometimes unfair. Sometimes, the overwhelming positive sense of what's about to happen turns out to dull the actual moment when it arrives. It's human nature, I guess. Where albums are involved, the expectations get heightened because of the sometimes lengthy time that sits between each album release. Maybe that explanation is a good part of the reason for my less than excellent review of this much anticipated fourth release from Blackfield.

It's been just two and a half years since the most excellent 'Welcome to My DNA' album. This was my number 1 album of 2011. It was a groundbreaking breakthrough for Aviv Geffen; his coming out party. I had somewhat low expectations for that release at the time because I knew beforehand that Steven Wilson was stepping back a bit and letting Aviv step out front. The songs were Aviv's, the vocals were mostly Aviv's, and now, over two years later, it still stands as one of my "go to" albums.

Things started out great when we heard 'Piills' in February of this year, as an advance of this record. It's a song that recalls everything great about Blackfield - melancholy, dark, melodic, brooding, emotional...fantastic. I was excited about what was to come.....

'Jupiter' was released next and, again, all the trademark Blackfield sounds. Terrific orchestration, poignant lyrics and the voice of Steven Wilson up front. Two for two!!!!!

Then the CD arrived. I had ordered the CD with an autographed booklet, which was amazing, as it came with no extra cost involved. Aviv signed the booklet and it was included with a shrink wrapped CD which contained it's own booklet....so I have two. Nice. I can safe-keep the autograph. Good stuff!

I've listened to the album over 25 times. Unfortunately, my opinion now is the same as it was after five listens. These are not bad song ideas. The problem is just that. They are song ideas. It's as if we all went to meet Aviv in the studio as he was creating the new Blackfield album and he played us all these great song bits. Our reaction would be, "wow these are amazing! Can't wait to hear the finished product!"

Well, this is the finished product and it just leaves us wanting. The songs never really get going and, when they do at times, they end far too quickly. Some of them are so frustrating to listen to, that I skip past them now. It's a painful act, as these could have been great had they been fully realized. I do like the use of additional vocalists as Vincent Cavanagh, Brett Anderson, and Jonathan Donahue shine on their tracks.

'Springtime' follows 'Pills', as track two. Great harmonies and trademark Blackfield sounds are here as well. It's a good second track and one of the more positive Blackfield lyrics ever. The song is over at just over two minutes. However, I let this one pass as it's simple nature fits well with the running time.

Cavanagh's performance on 'X-Ray' is especially amazing. It's a simple song that is made great because of the vocal.

'Sense of Insanity' may be the most mainstream Blackfield has ever been. With the Geffen / Wilson vocals in full force and a singalong bit at the end, this is a song U2 could have brought to #1 on American radio.

'Firefly' is a fantastic idea with Brett Anderson at the mic. The orchestration closing part is quite excellent, but at two minutes and 44 seconds, it's one of the longest songs on the record. The song has no time to breathe...there's no completion of the circle here, if that makes any sense.

Jonathan Donahue takes his turn at the Beatles' inspired 'The Only Fool is Me' and, although the performance is top notch...it ends before one can really appreciate it. It's under two minutes! Where's the rest of it? Look, I am not against short pop songs - I am a Beatles fanatic - but these songs are not 'Love Me Do'. They are crafted melancholy songs, with beginnings - middles - and ends. These feel truncated.

Following the aforementioned, and excellent 'Jupiter', Aviv is back out front for possibly the most disappointing piece of the album. 'Kissed By the Devil' has such amazing potential. It's got a retro-sixties vibe and an amazing vocal...and begins to fade out at just over the two minute and 25 second mark. WHA??!! I feel empty when I hear it. I have to skip it because it leaves me completely cold. It's the same feeling I got when I lost hot water in the shower right after I shampooed my hair. You just want to yell at someone to turn the hot water back on. Where's the rest of the song???

The next two tracks are just incomplete ideas that never reach enough momentum. 'Lost Souls' is a repetitive rocker that actually reaches three minutes. 'Faking' has some potential and a nice structure but is missing something. I don't know quite what it is, but it's something that was clearly present on all other Blackfield albums.

The closing track, 'After the Rain' is the most frustrating track that Blackfield has ever recorded. It's BRILLIANT. Yes, brilliant. I can feel the emotion through every second of the track. All 86 seconds of it. What happened to the rest of it?? Had Aviv built this idea into a complete song, I can't imagine how amazing it could have been. But, alas, it was not to be.

And then it's over. 31 minutes. It's possibly the shortest, non-EP that I own. That would be OK, had it been advertised as such. Maybe released as a bonus disc or special add-on to a future full length record. Then we could appreciate it to what it was meant to be.

These song ideas could only come from the mind of Aviv Geffen. He's a pop maestro, a developing genius and artists like him don't grow on trees. The problem is that the songs are incomplete on Blackfield IV. Aviv has the highest grade ingredients to cook up a masterpiece but the main course needed to marinate more and, as a result, the taste is not as bold as it should be.

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2.69 | 75 ratings

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Review by blueavenger

2 stars Blackfield IV arrives just two and a half years since the release of Welcome to My D.N.A., Blackfield's 3rd LP after a four year break and the album that marked the last true involvement of Steven Wilson as a fully-fledged member of the alternative pop (and prog-related by blood only) band. And it is sad reflection on this record that, whilst the two studio albums by Blackfield's former anchor man in the intervening period were released barely 18 months apart, both sold well and met widespread critical acclaim without feeling remotely rushed or devoid of new ideas or enthusiasm. Aviv Geffen, now the sole flag-bearer of the Blackfield name, had an extra 12 months to work on this new record and the results, if anything, seem more rushed and incomplete than anything that has come before. There is no doubting that Blackfield's strengths as a group were in the shared passion and enthusiasm of both Wilson and Geffen in what they were doing: crafting short, sharp and lush pop rock with an alternative twist and the odd progressive flourish. The contrast of these two musicians and writers in style and attitude worked to Blackfield's advantage and produced 2 very good albums (Blackfield I and Blackfield II), full of melancholy and melody, post-glam angst and optimism, soulful emotions and thinly-concealed cynicism. Blackfield could crank-out the heartfelt harmonies and then follow them immediately with spiky guitars and coarse defiance without breaking a sweat and could still maintain a consistent and recognisable tone throughout. Welcome to My D.N.A. was the first indicator that Wilson's focus was increasingly elsewhere, as was inevitably going to be the case for a man with surely more side-projects than any other (Even the far-more popular and well-known Porcupine Tree has had to sit in mothballs while Wilson's solo career goes from strength to strength). Only one song was written by the Englishman on that record, but his vocals were still prominent and the balance of the album was still fresh and featured plenty of well-judged alternative styling in songs such as "Go To Hell", "Zigota" and the excellent "Blood". Blackfield IV, however, offers little of what came before that was to be praised. Instead, Geffen has produced a very safe, cautious record that mines much of the tone and form of the previous albums lighter moments, and gives us very little contrast. "Pills" is the first song on the album, beginning proceedings on a very downbeat, cynical note. Wilson shares the vocal duties with Geffen here, but the song doesn't feel like a true opener and comes across as a pastiche of Blackfield's previous sceptical material. The guitar outro is a slightly offbeat touch, but is too little too late. "Springtime" follows this, and returns to the safe territory of watered-down melancholy, underscored by lush orchestral arrangements: it's a song that makes no apology for what it is and is probably the better for doing so. At two and half minutes long, however, this song lays down the marker for much of what is to follow and is the first instance of a troubling trend on the record. The 3rd track treads previously uncharted territory by boasting a guest vocalist for the first time in Blackfield's short history. Vincent Cavanagh, front man to Anathema (a band which I was previously not very familiar with) sings "X-Rays", an unashamed bowl of sickly pop balladry dripping with familiar strings and essence of late 90's valentine's day chart-toppers. Cavanagh negotiates some odd lyrics to pull off a fine performance and deliver a moving, emotive song that is both immensely soppy, but very hard to dislike at the same time: another clear characteristic of the album and another song clocking in at under 3 minutes. Any semblance of a vague promise, however, is swiftly dispelled by track 4, "Sense of Insanity". Here we have any notion of ambition and forging a new pathway suffocated by a song that was genetically engineered in Matrix-style bio-pods to tick as many Blackfield boxes as possible. No, it's not a bad song per se, but it's a construct of artificial origins. It's song designed to speak to the heart about passion and positivity, but it was forged in a vat of molten music by super-sophisticated computers, trying desperately to capture what it was like to be human and staggered by its failure to accomplish said task. "Firefly", on the other hand, is at least an enigma. Brett Anderson (frontman for Suede and The Tears) takes lead vocal duties, and, as with "X-Ray", it's an almost thankless task. Another lyrically unusual and awkward track struggles to find a sense of identity amidst a pensive and obscure vibe and, unlike "X-Ray", doesn't necessarily showcase the talents of the guest singer. Musically it's at least a little off-centre, but just as it is entering "Dissolving with the Night"-style instrumental territory it, like so much before and after, finishes abruptly, again at less than 3 minutes. Strangely enough, "The Only Fool Is Me", despite its length of less than two minutes, is one of the highlights of the album. Jonathan Donahue of Mercury Rev sings a gentle lullaby accompanied by harp and strings and, whilst it's over far too soon (as with everything else), it at least serves as a sweet and quirky burst of warmth and sunshine amidst a meandering record and a nice prelude to the album's centrepiece that follows. Track seven, "Jupiter", is everything that was, is and will be Blackfield, wrapped into an immaculately presented sugar coated confection. Steven Wilson delivers his only real prominent, solo vocal and sings of the same regret and melancholy that has served as the backbone to all previous Blackfield albums. The orchestral accompaniment is front and centre, complimenting a simple acoustic arrangement, and only the coldest heart could say they weren't slightly moved by the slickest and fluffiest of pop ballads. It's adorable and heartfelt, but also slightly repulsive and frustrating at the same time. As the standard-bearer for the album, it could have been so much more, and yet it is so persuasive in its integrity and relentlessness that it's impossible to hate. Two-thirds the way through the album, it's here where the ball is well and truly dropped. "Kissed by the Devil" begins abruptly and offers flashes of Radiohead and 90's alternate rock, but loses all momentum in a docile chorus. It has the makings of a decent 4 minute track, but it finds itself presented here as a pile of severed limbs rather than a complete human and it comes as no surprise when the fadeout begins at two-minutes and forty-seconds. At this point, one is inclined to wonder whether we are in on the joke or not. Is this some kind of elaborate test to establish what a listener is prepared so swallow and accept as a bona fide album? Is this an experiment in challenging the true perception of what constitutes an album (it's certainly the shortest album I own, by at least 5 minutes)? One can forgive an inauspicious opening if there is rewarding ending in the offing, but the marked deterioration in quality continues with "Lost Souls". Again, as with previous tracks, it is harmless and not immediately unlikeable or offensive to the ear. But the sixth average song out of nine is just going to come across as average and it's even worse when it sounds to all intents and purposes like a Manic Street Preachers song (even down to the vocals and the borrowed title); and it's a style of song the Welsh band do much better than this. "Faking", by this stage, is now the seventh average song out of ten and is very, very hard to care about in any shape and form. The thumbs are down by this point and a piano power ballad, no matter how reasonable it might be, is just not enough to get you out of the quagmire. The orchestra soars (yes, again), and the key changes to an even more uplifting tone? But it's too late. And then just when all hope is lost comes the closing track "After the Rain". At eighty-six seconds long, it's nowhere near enough to rescue a disappointing record, but, my-god, it's a flicker of what could have been? A throwaway, near-instrumental spin on chill-out drum & bass offers a coolness and pace-change that was sorely lacking previously. Even the orchestrations are understated and compliment the multi-tracked harmonies that echo elements of "Scars" from Blackfield's debut album. Blackfield IV is a sheep in wolf's clothing and a tame offering from a talented artist trying to forge a new path in the shadows of a more prominent brother. Even the album art (more akin to a Bass Communion album) deceives with how it promises something substantial and visceral. Like Radiohead's underwhelming King Of Limbs (at least given life live), there has been enough goodwill earned over the years to forgive one miss amidst many strikes, even for fans that tuned in initially just to sample another Steven Wilson side-project. There are definite signs of life amidst this wreckage and the true test will be whether Aviv Geffen can take the blows, go back to the drawing board and find true inspiration to rise again. Remember, this is a man responsible for songs of real worth and impact such as "Cloudy Now", "End of the World", "Dissolving with the Night", "Blood" and "Zigota" and his ability as a writer and performer can't be dismissed solely on one misfire. Everything that this band was, "they found it all in the Blackfield", and that is where Geffen must return to rediscover his true voice.

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 Blackfield IV by BLACKFIELD album cover Studio Album, 2013
2.69 | 75 ratings

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Review by merid1en

3 stars This album isn't even remotely close to anything prog, and I suspect that the association with Steven Wilson is the only reason we see it attached to this site. Wilson's break with Avi is apparent in the writing, musicianship and vocals on this disc. It's unfortunate that Steven Wilson has any relationship to this very average album, especially after his spectacular release of "The Raven That Refused To Sing". Blackfield IV is most assuredly contemporary radio, and nothing more. As a prog album, it doesn't even rate any stars. As a piece of background fluff for the next cocktail party, I guess it gets a 2.8/5

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 Blackfield IV by BLACKFIELD album cover Studio Album, 2013
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Review by admireArt

3 stars Blackfield, as known, is one of Steven Wilson's altern project bands. This band is the blatant attempt to get away with progressive ideas immersed in the mainstream language of Pop. No , not the No-Man kind, the open-mainstream radio kind. The last album was an open statement of this band's influences, close and far, openly established, that was the route. In Blackfield IV, the route is mostly the same, if not exactly, due to some subdued Porcupine Tree splashes here and there. To me, Blackfield is SW project semblance of a USA prog-pop band. As such it is a challenge, but in record, the language itself, does not allow much, and that is precisely the challenge and problem. Most of the best moments (progressively speaking), are or have to be overshadowed, due to the reasonable limits of the language attempted. I repeat, that is the proposing intention. NOW , as far as composition goes, well those limits in language, are not or should not be, a limiting excuse, and this record lacks that, a self-proposing own language, and that we get not. So there are references from The Byrds, 80's Pop, The Beach Boys, PT and brushes with the corny side of USA prog-pop bands. To be honest, the only reason, I think this band appears in PA, is because it has to do with Steven Wilson... So, well produced and performed, has some great moments (the first song), but essential it is not. ***3 Stars.

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 Blackfield by BLACKFIELD album cover Studio Album, 2004
3.78 | 303 ratings

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Review by Matti
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3 stars A listener of Porcupine Tree / Steven Wilson should have no problem liking this project too. Wilson is teamed with an Israeli called Aviv Geffen, whose vocals happen to be very similar to Wilson's. The songs are simpler in structure than PT's, but sonically they are clearly from the same well. Most songs are written together, only one by Geffen alone ('The Hole in Me' is also the weakest one, I think). I presume Wilson is mostly in charge of the composing and arranging; from earlier reviews I gather that Geffen is a pop musician.

Yes, you might say this is a bit closer to pop than Porcupine Tree, but not so much that you need to be doubtful. It's obviously less edgy but not completely without dark, angry edges familiar from PT. Atmospheres are generally melancholic, dreamy, sad, introspective - the same adjectives I'd use with PT. If someone had introduced this album to me blindfold as a PT product, I wouldn't have doubted, only would have been surprised by the lack of proggier or edgier material.

The main disc is not even 37 minutes, so I wonder why there's a separate bonus disc of three songs (one being a live version of an album song and at least one of the other two appearing on Blackfield II). There probably was also some video stuff which I haven't yet checked out.

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 Blackfield II by BLACKFIELD album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.69 | 304 ratings

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Review by Quirky Turkey

4 stars I must begin by saying that this isn't prog. Therefore a 4 star rating may seem a little high, but I feel 3 stars isn't worthy enough for such a good album.

The genre of Blackfield II is soft rock and the songs are simple and pretty straight forward; verse, chorus, verse, chorus, solo, etc. Orchestral strings are always there to emphasize the album's atmosphere and emotion, and of course the album is dominated by different sounding guitars, like acoustic, atmospheric and distorted. The songs are mainly sung by Steven Wilson but hearing 'the other guy', Aviv Geffen is a breath of fresh air. The songs are mainly about emotional depressing things such as break ups. Here are some lyrics to give you the idea:

"...But I wanna die in this moment, I wanna die..." "...Tomorrow you'll be gone and I'll miss you..." "...So find the highest cliff and dive..."

The problems I must address are: The first song sounds too 'pop rock' and the second puts me off due to its 'I wanna die' lyrics. It's disappointing that such a great album begins with two weak songs but the rest make up for it. I especially love the beautiful 'End of the World,' which closes the album. Overall this is a pleasant album for when I feel like a laid-back listening session. I recommend this album. 4 stars.

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 Blackfield II by BLACKFIELD album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.69 | 304 ratings

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Review by Conor Fynes
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4 stars 'Blackfield II' - Blackfield (8/10)

While musical renaissance man Steven Wilson devotes most of his musical efforts towards his main band Porcupine Tree, he also has a number of side projects in which he shows off different dimensions of himself and his work. Pairing up with Israeli art rock icon Aviv Geffen, the project Blackfield shows Steven Wilson's trademark sound being done over with a succinct pop sensibility. The follow-up to the first Blackfield record shows a marked improvement, and seeks to set the project apart from merely being a piece of Porcupine Tree apocrypha as many deem it to be.

Even in interviews, Geffen and Wilson have stated that Blackfield is meant to be nothing more than an exploration of short, catchy, concise songs and simple expression of emotion. Indeed, there are no prog rock indulgences and complex instrumental sections, only songs that could just as easily be played intimately to a coffee shop audience without having lost any of their power. As might come to be expected from two highly esteemed artists as Geffen and Wilson, the songwriting is very strong, and conveys some sincere sadness in charming, bitesize portions. However, while the songwriting may be simple and to-the-point, the way in which these songs are produced and arranged is anything but. Much like Porcupine Tree, Blackfield's music is fleshed out beautifully through Steven Wilson's expertise with production, and the sound usually has just as much going into it as any prog rock album. Ambiance, vocal harmonies, and even a string section courtesy of the Downtown Session Orchestra take part in making the songs come alive, which takes 'Blackfield II' from being a merely good record, to a truly great one.

While Steven Wilson may be the one that receives the most accolades and respect for Blackfield, it is in fact Aviv Geffen who does most of the songwriting here, although he does seem to take a backseat when it comes to the execution of it all. Geffen's songwriting style is generally more melancholic and sentimental than Wilson's here, and such songs as '1000 People' and 'End Of The World' are instantly memorable pieces of writing. Wilson is also no pushover when it comes to the writing here, and pens some incredible work here like the catchy 'Once' and 'My Gift Of Silence', the latter of which being the album's remarkable highlight and could have easily fit on one of Porcupine Tree's more melodic albums.

Blackfield proves itself as being more than a mere experiment as some thought it out to be at first with the second album. Although the first certainly had some very good material on it, 'Blackfield II' outdoes it in virtually every way. Not a completely remarkable album from start to finish, but there is plenty of excellence to go around here.

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 Miss U by BLACKFIELD album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2007
3.13 | 7 ratings

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Review by mohaveman

3 stars An edited promo single version of "Miss U" from the album BLACKFIELD II released back in 2007. This clocks in at a bit over 3 minutes as compared to the original album version which is a minute longer. "Miss U" could be classified as coming from the Porcupine Tree side of Blackfield. Very stylish and melodic in the PT vein with catchy lyrics. A really good song from a fine album but not really the best album track (maybe "Once?). I am never happy with edited singe cuts from albums but I picked this up free so I can't complain that much. 3 stars but the album version is preferable to this promo cut. So maybe really 2 1/2 stars would be fair.

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