Jealous Haters Since 1998!
Home | News | Reviews | Day In Rock | Photos | RockNewsWire | Singled Out | Tour Dates/Tix | Feeds

by Travis Becker, Healer of those without need.

Blackfield is the latest expansion of the mind of Porcupine Tree's Steven Wilson and collaborator, Aviv Geffen, who may be the lesser known of the two in America, but who has several Gold albums to his credit in his native Israel.  Blackfield's debut release, which has already achieved success overseas, is a breath of fresh air.  Far from a preachy Middle-East peacekeeping mission or another chunk of Rock fluff, Blackfield has achieved an album, which is at once both simple and harrowing and sundry and uplifting.  The band has been an on and off experiment for it's founders in song writing and recording since 2000 but the end result proves to be impeccably crafted and completely listenable.  It's a super group whose members are unknown to most of the popular music world but who achieve what most super groups can't, real chemistry and talent.

From the opening notes of "Open Mind", which contain a haunting passage of CSN-esque vocal harmonies, it's clear that Wilson and Geffen are both immensely talented.  Another section of the song follows that slams into the rest of the music with such intensity it threatens to derail the whole song and create a train wreck of rock power.  Then the song falls back into delicate harmony again.  The build up and break down is brilliantly done, I found myself on the edge of my seat, waiting for a Dream Theater cover to erupt, at several points.  The record has a huge sound that never loses its sense of intimacy, like a 60's peace and love sing along attended by the London Symphony Orchestra.  The album continues to keep the listener on his feet throughout the record with carefully placed flourished of piano, keyboard, and exceptional guitar.  There are even hints of Middle-Eastern strings and a little Drum and Bass thrown into the mix for good measure. Blackfield remain in the singer/songwriter realm but never feel overly self-pitying or hokey.  These are two veteran musicians saturating this music with heart and soul in every note.

The influences and comparisons are so multifarious that it is difficult to know where to begin.  From traces of Oasis in "Blackfield" to an almost "Empire"-era Queensryche feeling in "Open Mind" and big hunks of Nick Drake and Love scattered all over the album, there is definitely something familiar to hold onto here.  It's almost like traveling in a foreign country with all the comforts of home.  The blend of acoustic and electric instruments mirrors the harmony of the earth and stars.  The music washes over the soul like warm salt water on a beach somewhere far away from the chaos from which both men hail.  The three bonus tracks at the end are a nice addition as well, and the five-piece band that toured on the album's release proves formidable as well on the live version of "Cloudy Now", which trumps the studio take easily.  It's hard to recommend this release to everyone, like the opening line of the album suggests, an open mind is recommended, but if you're desperate for something different that won't slide easily into one genre or another, this is for you.

CD Info 

Label: Koch Records, 2005
Open Mind
Cloudy Now
Hole in Me, The
Perfect World
Where Is My Love?
Cloudy Now - (live)
Listen to samples and Purchase this CD online

tell a friend about this article

What Do You Think?

Fanspeak removed due to spam and abuse


News Reports
Day in Rock:
Foo Fighters Jam With Red Hot Chili Peppers Star- Minus The Bear Announce Farewell Tour and Final EP- The Moody Blues' John Lodge Announce Solo Tou - more

Day in Pop

Yesterday's Day in Rock: Taylor Swift Reveals Her Mother Has Cancer- Rich Homie Quan Surrenders To Police Over Alleged Nightclub Assault- Justin Bieber Duets With Ariana Grande- Mumford & Sons- more

 Subscribe To Day in Rock


Ladies Only: Jennie Abrahamson- Rachel Garlin- Nneka- More

Album of the Week: Led Zeppelin's When The West Was Won

Karyn Crisis' Gospel Of The Witches - Salem's Wounds

The Blues: John Mayall's Bluesbreakers- Arlen Roth, Mike Henderson Band- Slam Allen

Trauma Interview

December in Red - The Way Out

Battleaxe - Power From the Universe Reissue

SOKO Interview

The Compulsions - Dirty Fun

Rock Reads: Morbid Tales! A Tribute to Celtic Frost

Death Penalty - Death Penalty

On The Record: The Wild Beyond

RockPile: Minutian- Odin's Court- THEO

Michael Ubaldini Interview

Root 66: Cameron Mitchell- Stacy Jones- Greg Shirley


Search for Tickets

Or Browse For Tickets

Today's Rock News

Ozzy Sets Home On Fire

Santana, Neal Schon and Gregg Rolie Reunite at Journey Show

Ted Nugent's Wife Arrested

Iron Maiden Tops Billboard's Hot Tours Chart

Pop Star Fergie Names Son After Guns N' Roses Frontman Axl Rose

Jack White Recording New Songs With The Dead Weather

Stone Temple Pilots with Chester Bennington Reveal EP Details

The Who Releasing Massive Super Deluxe Edition of Tommy

Paul McCartney Talks New Song and His Plans Never To Retire

August Burns Red Announce Special Screening of Documentary

The National Curating Grateful Dead Tribute Album

KISS' Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons Announce Book Signings

Mike Portnoy Reveals Full Progressive Nation At Sea Lineup

Saxon's Biff Byford Explains Evil Look Was Down To Illness

Astrid Kirchherr's Early Beatles Photos To Be Exhibited Next Month

Gene Simmons and Engelbert Humperdinck Footage Goes Online

Red Fang Streaming New Song ' Blood Like Cream' Online

Sammy Hagar Compares Les Paul Guitars To Muscle Cars

What Do Crocheting And Rock 'N' Roll Have In Common? Deap Vally

Classic Rock Going Country

Subscribe to Day in Rock Report by Email

Today's Pop News

North Korea Reportedly Execute 12 Musicians

Jay-Z Releases Holy Grail Video Featuring Justin Timberlake

Big Sean in Fall Out Boy's New Video

Thousands of Justin Timberlake Fans Flood 'Take Back The Night' Filming

Yeah Yeah Yeahs' Karen O Unplugs

Miguel Covers Pink's Just Like A Pill

Eric Church Going In A Different Direction With 'Chief' Follow Up

Kip Moore Has Almost Finished New Album

Juicy J Twerk Tweet Ends Up As Scholarship Competition

Danny Brown's On Stage Sex Act Was Not Planned

Bastille Trace The Best Of British Rock, Including Morrissey's Pompadour

Singled Out: Dulcinea Renee's Pictures Of You

More News

anti Worthy Links
The Screen Door superLOUD A Journal of Musical Things Lloyd Zeffler blog Demolish Mag Nightwatcher's House of Rock CJ Chilvers Deja Voodoo The 1st Five Hard Rock Memorabilia Day in Rock @twitter

New Mystery Book from
antiMusic's Dawn Marie Fichera!

Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!
Click Here to Buy T-Shirts!


Tell a Friend about this page - Contact Us - Privacy - antiMusic Email - Why we are antiMusic

Copyright© 1998 - 2013 Iconoclast Entertainment Group All rights reserved. antiMusic works on a free link policy for reprinting of our original articles, click here for details. Please click here for legal restrictions and terms of use applicable to this site. Use of this site signifies your agreement to the terms of use.