Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Album of the Day

Blackfield, by Blackfield (2004): Blackfield is one of the many side projects of Porcupine Tree guru Steven Wilson, a collaboration with Israeli musician Aviv Geffen (PT drummers Chris Maitland and Gavin Harrison come along for the ride, too). I picked it up because I'm a PT fan and I wasn't disappointed. The music and lyrics share a mood and general sound with later day PT, but the arrangements are much more restrained. There are no lengthy instrumental passages or leisurely soundscapes. But they're hardly simple upbeat pop songs, either (sample lyric: "We are a fucked up generation / It's cloudy now"). It's a good record to pull out every now and then, but not as compelling as PT's best.

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