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3 stars For what it is and what SW was trying to accomplish, "Blackfield" is largely a success. However, the question remains-- was it anything worth accomplishing? How much do you like art-pop?

If the answer is "a lot", than you will be head-over-heels in love with SW and Aviv Geffin forever; they have created a wonderful collection of smooth, melancholy, emotional songs skillfully played and recorded. Each speaks to the heart and is fun to sing-along to.

If the answer is "meh...", then you'll be bored to tears. Steven's amazing virtuosity is kept firmly in check, and an entirely different side of his playing is evident throughout. There are no solos, no power chords, nothing especially memorable... just lots and lots of tender singing.

So, I feel that "Blackfield" is a love-it-or-hate it collaboration. SW fans will love it by default (I think we're required to), women will be especially drawn to its tender art-pop sound, and casual fans of Porcupine Tree or those whose taste stick to the heavy will deplore it.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 2 Lyrics/Vocals: 3 Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

Prog Leviathan | 3/5 |


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