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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Producer, bandleader No-Man, Porcupine Tree and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson joined forces with Israeli singer/songwriter Aviv Gefen in 2000, when Gefen invited Wilson to play with him for a series of concerts in Israel. Their first album as a duo, recording under the name Blackfield, does betray their mutual love of 1960s and 1970s classic rock, but it also contains more than a hint of an '80s influence -- at times the band sounds like a cross between Tears for Fears and a more organic-sounding Pet Shop Boys. Lyrically, they throw down the gauntlet early -- the first line of the first song goes "Here's a song from an open mind." Everything else is no big surprise:...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Producer, bandleader No-Man, Porcupine Tree and multi-instrumentalist Steven Wilson joined forces with Israeli singer/songwriter Aviv Gefen in 2000, when Gefen invited Wilson to play with him for a series of concerts in Israel. Their first album as a duo, recording under the name Blackfield, does betray their mutual love of 1960s and 1970s classic rock, but it also contains more than a hint of an '80s influence -- at times the band sounds like a cross between Tears for Fears and a more organic-sounding Pet Shop Boys. Lyrically, they throw down the gauntlet early -- the first line of the first song goes "Here's a song from an open mind." Everything else is no big surprise: scars are mentioned more than once, as are nightmares, pain, death and sorrow. But Blackfield's sound is anything but morose. The music isn't exactly chipper, but it's always rich and pretty, and at times as on the album-ending "Hello" it's downright grandiose. There are also quite a few sonic surprises thrown into the mix, such as the almost subliminal found-sound experimentation on "Lullaby" and the sudden incursion of Middle Eastern reeds and a drum'n'bass breakbeat in the middle of the otherwise sweet and dreamy "Scars." The bonus disc with video content makes the deal that much sweeter. Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923968528
  • Catalog Number: 9685
  • Sales rank: 50,561

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Open Mind (3:49)
  2. 2 Blackfield (4:06)
  3. 3 Glow (4:02)
  4. 4 Sears (3:59)
  5. 5 Lullaby (3:31)
  6. 6 Pain (3:48)
  7. 7 Summer (4:14)
  8. 8 Cloudy Now (3:35)
  9. 9 The Hole in Me (2:47)
  10. 10 Hello (4:06)
  11. 11 Perfect World (3:52)
  12. 12 Where Is My Love? (3:01)
  13. 13 Cloudy Now (6:15)
  14. 14 Blackfield
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Blackfield Primary Artist
Gavin Harrison Drums
Chris Maitland Drums, Background Vocals
Steven Wilson Guitar, Vocals, Group Member
Jeremy Kaplan Drums
The Mistakes Track Performer
Technical Credits
Chris Blair Mastering
Steven Wilson Composer
Aviv Geffen Composer
Blackfield Producer
Carl Glover Graphic Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pops beautifully

    I love it! I bought this album after hearing just one track (Pain), and the bet paid off. This is a beautiful, fast-paced, sad, and somehow gigantic album. Steven Wilson lends his wizardry at the mixing board to layer all the sounds. It becomes a huge masterpiece and at the same time featherweight. While much of the story is of loss and suffering, scars (not Sears as shown above), and absence, your heart is not quite broken in two. Very listenable, very deep, very emotional, and the cd-rom track is a visual treat. This could have been a Porcupine Tree album, but it's great from a different writer's point of view. I look forward to more from this lineup.

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