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3 stars Blackfield is the project band from Steven Wilson ( Porcupine Tree) and the Jewish musician Aviv Geffen. I have only listened very little to Aviv Geffenīs music so I canīt say how much he has influenced the music, even though there are a few middle eastern parts in some of the songs like the guitar in The Hole In Me. Itīs not a very big part of Blackfieldīs sound though. Steven Wilson has had a major part in the creation of the sound, as many of Blackfieldīs songs could have been on a Porcupine Tree album. Well they sound a lot like the more commercial Porcupine Tree songs.

The music is very warm and symphonic pop with few progressive tendencies, but donīt expect any instrumental parts or solos just because Steven Wilson is involved. This is essentially pop songs with a nice symphonic edge. The song structures are vers/ chorus, vers/ Chorus and there are virtually no surprises in the songs except for a nice middle section once in a while. A song like SCARS is very nice and a little surprising though. Itīs probably the best song here IMO.

The album is really a 4 star album as everything from the rich and warm production to the compositions to the musicianship is professional and well done, but to me itīs a 3 star album, as there arenīt any surprises and the songs structures are way too commercial and not challenging enough for me as a prog lover. This is the kind of album that I will play ten thousand times the first month and then never listen to again. Itīs still a very good album though and I must admit that the songs are instantly likable and memorable, but that might also be their biggest weakness in the end.

UMUR | 3/5 |


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