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4 stars Welcome to my DNA -- Blackfield

Being the third Blackfield LP release, Welcome to my DNA shows songwriters/composers/band leaders Aviv Geffen and Steven Wilson in top form.

Welcome to my DNA isn't much of a departure from the basic Blackfield sound; pop hooks, melancholic lyrics and themes, and short, concise tracks. This may contain perhaps more of a melancholic tone than Blackfield's two previous albums, but it's not anthing radically different. Israeli artist Aviv Geffen has taken a step further into the spotlight, writing an extremely large majority of the material on this particular album.

The postives of the album are the great melodies and the wonderful string arrangements, which have a very organic feel to them. Aviv's vocals seem to have improved and Steven's are as soothing and pleasant as they have always been. The production of the album is, of course, magnificent. There are very few negatives to this album; one is the lack of change or evolution. Blackfield, though a pop-rock outfit, haven't changed much at all, though this is most likely what Aviv and Steven have intended. Another negative is the somewhat lack of substance. The songs seem a little more basic than usual, with less eclecticity than on previous efforts.

If you're a fan of Blackfield, get this album. Even if you're not a fan, I would certainly recommend a listen. While the album isn't a masterpiece, it's a very good release, once again, from Blackfield.

Standout tracks: "Go to Hell", "Waving", "On the Plane", "Zigota", and "DNA"

4 Stars.

The Monodrone | 4/5 |


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