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4 stars Blackfield, one of the ventures of Porcupine Tree front man Steve Wilson, is the inspiration of Steve himself and of Israeli musician Aviv Geffen. The two originally combined in 2004 to produce the excellent Blackfield I album: this was originally only released in Israel but was followed up with a worldwide release in 2005, the album then containing three extra tracks, two of which were recorded after the original sessions whilst the third was a live recording of one of the songs.

If you are a fan of Porcupine Tree then you may well enjoy Blackfield's music: the songs are shorter and more oriented towards conventional pop/rock rather than Porcupine Tree's style of progressive rock but, despite Aviv and Steve sharing the song writing, Steve's trademark guitar and keyboards dominates the sound, resulting in a gorgeous fusion of pop with progressive influences. The overall effect is more McCartney late-Beatles period than Abba.

The album is full of melodious music accompanying lyrics that are always thoughtful, serious and often full of concerns about the world, but without being obvious "conscience songs". It's a very easy album to listen to. The songs are all of a high standard but without there being any obvious standout tracks I think it leaves the listener with a slight tinge of frustration, as from an unfulfilled promise; in particular because one of the songs, "Where is My Love?" was already on the international issue of Blackfield I.

The band are well worth a listen: if you are tempted to buy an album, then go for Blackfield I first as its songs have slightly more variety and the album is ultimately more interesting than this one.

alextorres2 | 4/5 |


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