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Blackfield | CD review | 2004

BLACKFIELD - Blackfield LP

Review by Dawn


Blackfield are British singer-songwriter Steven Wilson and an esteemed Israeli poet's son Aviv Geffen, and their debut collaboration comprises ten beautifully-crafted slices of epic, melancholic pop-rock.

It's a simple enough concept, with intense melodies coupled with dark and personal lyrics, but the lush strings and combination of different cultures behind it make for a warm and compelling album rather than a depressing one.

The duo's list of influences range from Pink Floyd and ELO to the Beach Boys and the Carpenters - an eclectic list indeed - but comparisons can also be made with the luscious Mercury Rev and underrated Ben Christophers as well as the moving, ethereal album that is Marillion's Brave, particularly here on Lullaby and Hello; Blackfield have produced a similarly classy collection of songs and it's not difficult to see why their admirers include such high profile names as Radiohead and Elbow.

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