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  • Audio CD (12 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Snapper Music Plc
  • ASIN: B000MGVA8I
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By C. Porter VINE VOICE on 4 Jun. 2007
Format: Audio CD
This album is quite brilliant.

I concede that there are issues around it - 'Christenings' is reminiscent of Bowie's 'Space Oddity', other tracks sound like Pink Floyd circa Division Bell.... but does it follow that these are bad things?

Whilst it's true that Steven Wilson only contributes 3 whole tracks here (which did concern me a bit), his production and instrumentation nous, along with Geffen's flair for melody and construction ensure that there is never a dull moment. Poppier tracks like 'Where Is My Love' take a bit longer to love, perhaps, but the textures and dynamics that Wilson creates utterly gloss over any perceived shortcomings for me.

There is also criticism of Geffen's "adolescent" lyrics. Well, this album is what it is, and won't please evryone. For example, in "This Killer", there is a really clunky-sounding couplet at the top of the chorus: "This killer on the run, He steals from me the sun". OK, sounds a bit tortuous in terms of being a slave to the rhyme - but on reflection, I like the poeticism of having the word order messed with. And the song is so beautiful, I ultimately don't care.

I have no idea if Geffen's first language is Engish or not, but the Israeli certainly sings English with an accent. If his songwriting is seen through the filter of communicating via his second language (which I suspect it may be), then it adds a layer of alienation to the angst which I find touching rather than simplistic.

It's all about the tunes for me, on this album - and it has them in spades. I'm normally a stickler for lyrical prowess but, like a brilliant film with subtitles, I soon forget I'm having to work to interpret at all. The body of work speaks for itself.

If you like PT, SW or Blackfield 1, I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By PNeruda on 14 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Blackfield comes again to my CD player with a second recording. This last one it's not bettter nor worse than the first cd, it's simply different. There are more poetry, more tempo and a special care about vocals in the new one. All in all, a brilliant musical experience coming from two prolific musicians: Mr. Wilson and Mr. Geffen.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Simon Crawford on 23 Feb. 2007
Format: Audio CD
Can you afford not to drink 3 pints of watered down nightclub lager ? If so use the money you have saved wisely and invest in this album. Actually that depends on 2 points. Number one, you like the previous stuff by Mr Wilson, and number two, what the the hell are you doing in some hot sweaty meat market to buy over priced beer in the first place if indeed you like progressive rock music anyway. It is sort of like some previous P/T but different. Its is more melodic, not trippy exactly, but it is indeed music to relax to. Each track is really good, and you can hear different influences in the different tracks. Personally I can hear a little Julian Lennon in the Christenings track to name but one. Buy it, enjoy it, lend it out and recomend it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sudofrool on 24 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful album in so many ways. The stand-out track for me is '1000 people' whose chorus is so achingly beautiful that tears come to my eyes ever time I hear it. This album grows stronger with every listen.

When I hear these well-crafted and catchy songs it makes me sad that Porcupine Tree have lost their way with the dull and underdeveloped 'Fear of a Blank Planet' because they used to sound like this, at least in the vocal department. Mr Wilson's melodic sense and his prodigious talent for gorgeous production seems to have migrated to Israel - so be it, I'm happy that he's still producing it somewhere.

Thank you Aviv and Steven for another beautiful album of perfect pop. More power to you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amateur musicologist on 24 Jan. 2007
Format: Audio CD
As Porcupine Tree continue to explore the noisier end of the musical spectrum, Mr Wilson allows his more gentle ( musically) side to grow with this project.If you loved the first Blackfield project, you'll love this.This time there are strings, but still there's that melencholic edge .

My only complaint- the album is too short!

I've only played it a couple of times , so the lyrics are not yet embedded in my cortex,but over the coming weeks I will be returning to it time and time again.
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I arrived at Blackfield through being a fan of Steve Wilson and Porcupine Tree. I've always stayed away from this project mainly because I prefer Wilsons Porcupine Tree material and I heard this collaboration was more accessible and poppy! But I managed to find the CD cheap on here and so took the plunge with Balckfield II. And I'm glad I did in the end. I was slightly concerned by the lack of songwriting by Wilson on the album at first, Aviv Geffen taking on the main songwriting duties. But despite warnings about the more poppy sound than usual this album is just as beautiful and haunting as alot of Steve Wilsons work. There are some fantastic melodies throughout and the playing is superb. Essentially, if you come to this album through Porcupine Tree or Steve Wilson do yourself a favour and buy it. It reminds me alot of the Stupid Dream era of Porcupine Tree. Very enjoyable album.
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By A. Holyoake on 11 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
i am a massive fan of Steven Wilson ye never heard of gaffen before i listened to blackfield. This album is mainly written by gaffen with the feel of porcupine tree. Some of the lyrics sound a down like the song 1000 people where the lyrics are "i want to die In this moment" the album is not very long but bell made and unlike their first record the whole album is made by 5 members with odd exceptions. Some songs sound slightly out of place and ruins the flow of the album. This is a album well worth getting for gaffen or Steven Wilson fans but it is best to listen to odd tracks before going ahead as it is a bit different from porcupine tree.

the album i sent to long so it is easy to listen to over and over again.
the whole album is a bit soft and some parts are slow but it just helps the felling behind the album.
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