- Audio CD (27 April 2009)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Invada
- ASIN: B001R3YIY8
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 923,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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But here we have Crippled Black Phoenix, a band made up of members from recognised post rock bands, but clearly playing music that owes as much to prog as post rock. Take the track "Rise Up and Fight". This is pure middle period Pink Floyd. The strident bass is straight from "One of the Days" and there's even a synth solo. But then you have the slowly, reflective instrumental "Wendigo" which is more in a typical post rock vein, of someone like "Godspeed You Black Emperor". Or the epic lengthy (18 minutes plus) of "Time of Ye Life/Born for Nothing/Paranoid Arm of Narcoleptic Empire" is text book prog. Well, I could go on. Whatever, It all works very well indeed. The bouncing back and forth between styles may be disconcerting at first, but repeated listens does bring a logical cohesiveness to the album as a whole. It is a hugely ambitious achievement and has to be applauded for that. Also, in typical prog fashion the album is available as an extended 2CD box set affair. Just need the triple gatefold sleeve addition to top things off nicely.
Over the course of 77 minutes Crippled Black Phoenix take you on an aural journey like little else I can remember in recent times. The music is progressive without being pompous, post-rock without being boring, sombre without being depressing and at times almost impossible to pin down. Critics have complained that there is just too much going on here and that the band need to focus their attention, and their sound, but I reckon that it's this unfocussed approach which is at the root of their greatness. All great art should be self indulgent and this marvellous album certainly follows that template.
It has to be said that this is not music that you can stick on in the background whilst you do something else. Rather, it cries out for your undivided attention, holding you in its thrall until the last notes fade away.
This is an album of great and rare beauty, and trying to single out highlights is almost impossible, but try the opening three tracks; as good a thirty four minutes of music as you're likely to come across this year. This is beautiful and deep music which really has something to say.
I cannot recommend this album highly enough. There will be a lot more albums released this year but there won't be a better one than this.
Think of Godspeed and Do Make Say Think Playing with Pink Floyd and King Crimson, how amazing would that be, well here it is.
This album has everything a post-rock or prog-rock fan could ever wish for and its fresh and new. Not a duff track here. Even the Floyd fans stuck in 1973 can find something to like about this, so come on, get your heads out of the sand and buy it. WONDERFUL, BEAUTIFUL, POWERFUL, WHAT MORE COULD YOU WISH FOR.
Opener Burt Reynolds is simply stunning and for me one of the best rock songs of recent years. Starts slowly with synth and picked guitar, building to mid-section where all the instrument drop away to leave the band singing before kicking into a fantastic guitar solo to reach it's climax.
It's a hard act for the rest of the album to follow but it just about manages it. CPB are at their best when no one of their diverse influences dominates and on a few occasions 200 Tons is a little to obviously influence by Pink Floyd. But mostly CBP just sound like themselves.
Generally they take their time with slow building songs enhanced by Jo Volks understated vocals, perfectly suited to their eclectic mix of post rock, classic rock, folk even gospel at times. But they can be faster and heavier when they choose e.g Rise Up and Fight and 444.
The combined effect is to create a sound that is both melancholy yet uplifting, in a way perhaps only Mogwai also manage. But despite a shared history (Mogwai bassist Dominic Aitchison was involved at the start of CPB) CBP don't sound like Mogwai, they have a richer musical pallet with acoustic instruments, particularly cello, playing a strong part in the sound.
Overall this is a stunning album of powerful and emotional music.
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So are the other reviewers related to the band or worse in the band? I fail to see what there is to hear on this CD it tries to be subtle until it ceases to be anything, If I have... Read morePublished on 25 July 2010 by S. M. Paskey
Burnt Reynolds Great song title,great song This really is progressive in the true sense of the word Ok, so there are echos of Floyd to be found here but listen to the album as a... Read morePublished on 17 Jan. 2010 by Mr.Lupo