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2.75 | 181 ratings | 5 reviews | 5% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 2013

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Pills (3:34)
2. Springtime (2:24)
3. X-Ray (2:36)
4. Sense of Insanity (3:23)
5. Firefly (2:46)
6. The Only Fool Is Me (1:54)
7. Jupiter (3:46)
8. Kissed by the Devil (3:03)
9. Lost Souls (2:57)
10. Faking (3:33)
11. After the Rain (1:26)

Total Time 31:22

Line-up / Musicians

- Aviv Geffen / lead vocals (2,4,8-10), Mellotron (1-3,7,8), Hammond (1,2,8), piano (7,8), keyboards, electric & acoustic (5,7,10) guitars, bass (3,5,7,8), bells (3), xylophone (5), producer
- Steven Wilson / lead vocals (4,7,9), electric & slide (2,6) guitars, bass (9), mixing
- Eran Mitelman / piano (10)
- Seffy Efrati / bass (2,10)
- Tomer Zidkyahu / drums, tambourine (10)

- Vincent Cavanagh / vocals (1,3)
- Brett Anderson / vocals (5)
- Jonathan Donahue / vocals (6)
- Alex Moshe / backing vocals (1,7)
- Kid / guitar (4)
- Ofer Meiri / keyboards & programming & bells (4)
- Tali Glaser / harp (6)
- The London Session Orchestra / strings & French horn

Releases information

Artwork: Carl Glover

LP Kscope - kscope830 (2013, Germany)

CD Kscope - kscope226 (2013, Europe)

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BLACKFIELD Blackfield IV ratings distribution

(181 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of rock music(5%)
Excellent addition to any rock music collection(21%)
Good, but non-essential (37%)
Collectors/fans only (29%)
Poor. Only for completionists (7%)

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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.
Review by TCat
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
2 stars Blackfield exists because of a collaborative project between the great Steven Wilson and a mostly unheard of outside of Isreal singer/songwriter Aviv Geffen. It has been hinted through the years that this project was more Aviv's baby than it was Steven's, even though he was a major force in the frist 2 Blackfield albums and sang on most of the songs, produced and mixed the albums and played most of the instruments. Wilson said that he was going to be having less involvement with Blackfield when the 3rd album "Welcome to My DNA" was released and it was quite apparent that was the case. Now, with the forth album, SW has given the reins over to Geffen almost completely and has given very minimal help with this album because he was focusing on his solo projects and was holding up the progress of Blackfield.

The Blackfield albums were more on the light progressive side and were always programmed with relatively short songs, trying to reach a wide audience. SW's presence was definitely felt on the first 2 albums, and even though the sound is progressive lite, it was still decent material, well orchestrated and full of beautiful, heartfelt songs, similar in style to Porcupine Tree with less development and improvisation. Now with SW's involvement mostly gone, we are left with only a shell of a band. Aviv's songs are definitely more pop oriented. Even the alternative side of the music is missing here for the most part.

Steven Wilson still sings lead on "Pills" and on "Jupiter" which are the 2 best songs on here. He also sings backup on the terrible "Sense of Insanity", but other than production, you don't hear anything else from Wilson here and the record suffers big time for it. Three other guest singers also participate here, but they have a hard time saving these weak tracks. Vincent Cavanaugh from the great band Anathema sings lead vocals on "X-Ray", Brett Anderson, a popular British artist sings on "Firefly" and Jonathan Donahue from The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev, both excellent experimental bands, sings lead on "The Only Fool is Me". However, just like all of the other tracks on here, these songs are corny and weak and the guest vocalists, as great as they are, can't even save these songs. The rest of the tracks are helmed by Geffen, and they aren't any better. One positive about the album is that the instrumental passages are beautiful, lush and well orchestrated, but the lyrics and the melodies bring the songs down to a very amateur-ish style of songwriting. Over the years, you would think that SW's influence might have rubbed off on Geffen, but that doesn't seem to be the case.

Geffen has said that he has convinced Wilson to keep his guitar solos down below 2 minutes, and Wilson was fine with that, Wilson wanted Geffen to take the band over. But now, there is hardly any guitar in any of the songs, just mostly the lush orchestration. The songs are also underdeveloped which is something I thought was usually a downfall of Blackfield, but now they are worse than ever, with all of the songs only lasting under 4 minutes on this album, and with 11 tracks and with the album only lasting barely over a half an hour (should have been an EP), the songs really have no room to breath, and when they do seem to be going somewhere and approaching something interesting, they are suddenly cut short. The sound of the album is very good, but the quality of the songs just isn't there. Geffen likes to compare Blackfield with Radiohead, King Crimson and Pink Floyd. He's got a long way to go. These songs are sometimes even too cheesy for pop songs. 2 stars and that is only because the production is so good on this.

Latest members reviews

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 ... (read more)

Report this review (#1032917) | Posted by JawdysBasement | Wednesday, September 11, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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. A ... (read more)

Report this review (#1030268) | Posted by blueavenger | Saturday, September 7, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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 r ... (read more)

Report this review (#1024939) | Posted by merid1en | Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | Review Permanlink

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