10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Blackfiled III
OK, I've waited 3 weeks, and Blackfield III it ain't. Initially, it was disappointing for me. Part of the problem is that the bar was set very high with the first 2 albums. Having listened to it many times, and seen the band live in Manchester recently, I can say that I appreciate it much more, whilst still choosing to listen to the earlier albums more often (especially...
Published on 20 April 2011 by P. Tracey
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Partly Bland Partly Brilliant
I loved the first Blackfield album. I didn't really like the second one when it came out, but gradually it grew on me and became one of my favourite albums of all time. So I excitedly bought this, the third album, as soon as it came out, and was totally and utterly disappointed. It just sounded bland and samey, with a generous sprinkling of really bad. Wanting to give...
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Blackfiled III,
This review is from: Welcome To My DNA (Audio CD)OK, I've waited 3 weeks, and Blackfield III it ain't. Initially, it was disappointing for me. Part of the problem is that the bar was set very high with the first 2 albums. Having listened to it many times, and seen the band live in Manchester recently, I can say that I appreciate it much more, whilst still choosing to listen to the earlier albums more often (especially whilst on my rowing machine:) )
To sum up, it is a very good collection of songs, professionally produced, yet without the normal feel of a Blackfield album. If this was any other band, it would probably be a masterpiece, but as a fan, I would simply say it is ok, and getting better.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a real grower!,
This review is from: Welcome To My DNA (Audio CD)Like a few people reviewing this latest album, at first maybe I was a little reserved, and also not sure about the "Go To Hell" or what has become known as the "F**K" you song. We all use bad language from time to time but we are a little taken aback when it is sung by an amazing duo! OK having now seen them live and Aviv Geffen explaining that this song was directed at his parents bohemian/drug fueled lifestyle and this being his response to it,I guess it makes a little more sense. Anyhow this album is a real grower and these two guys are so in tune with the harmonies, take on life and songwritting, it is a joy to listen to and even greater to watch live! Please do not miss this band if they come around again.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Partly Bland Partly Brilliant,
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This review is from: Welcome To My DNA (Audio CD)I loved the first Blackfield album. I didn't really like the second one when it came out, but gradually it grew on me and became one of my favourite albums of all time. So I excitedly bought this, the third album, as soon as it came out, and was totally and utterly disappointed. It just sounded bland and samey, with a generous sprinkling of really bad. Wanting to give it a chance, I waited for about 9 months before writing this review. And actually, now, I don't think it's all that bad.
Glass House, Rising Of The Tide, Blood and DNA are all excellent songs, and Dissolving With The Night isn't far off brilliant too. But then there's Waving, with lots of la-la-la-ing and wooing which is embarrassing, Far Away which is inoffensive but bland, and Zigota, which is merely ok. But what really ruins it is three songs: On The Plane, which starts off promising but descends into sickening tweeness, Oxygen, which is cringeworthy (but you'll never get it out of your head, annoyingly), and Go To Hell, which is hopefully a self-fulfilling prophecy, as it's truly awful.
Really Blackfield should have worked on the three mediocre songs, scrapped the three terrible ones, and written three more really good ones. As it is, only five of the 11 songs are really worth listening to, and although it's worth buying the album just for these songs, the fact that you also get six duds is a real disappointment, especially knowing they're capable of a lot better.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Third Offering from PT Sibling - um?,
This review is from: Welcome To My DNA (Audio CD)OK, so I have the greatest respect for Steven Wilson, but I'm wondering whether he is starting to spread himself a bit thin. This guy has so many projects, but to me this band was the closest link to Porcupine Tree, as they were a while ago, but not the straightforward rock band that they have become.
The last Wilson-Aviv albumBlackfield II has literally had a few dozen plays, but this album has little new to offer, and whilst I am far too old to be shocked by any profanities, is it really necessary to repeat "F**k you" so many times at the end of Glass House?
So what about the songs then, well you get a bunch of mid-tempo numbers with some good melodies + strings on a few. It's very listenable, but it certainly isn't going to set the world on fire. Folk like me who have collected Porcupine Tree for years and then Blackfield will buy and enjoy the album, however,Steven needs to find his inspiration again and come out with some new staggering work as I cannot see this album winning any new fans, but will (just) keep the old ones wishing for something more.
The packaging is a plastic "super" Jewel box, which means the booklet slides in at right angles to a normal one + a superfluous cardboard slip case to hold it.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What I expected, minus a little and with a bit more added in,
This review is from: Welcome To My DNA (Audio CD)Definitely a worthy successor to Blackfield II, though it is not as focused and not nearly as catchy (there are no songs like 'Christenings', 'Once', or 'End of the World' here). More of an encapsulation of a succession of moods than an album of individual songs, 'Welcome to my DNA' seems to focus more on luring the listener into a dreamy trance-like state, then unleashing some comparatively crushing guitar chords to suddenly break them out of this state. Drenched in reverb, the string and guitar lines that accompany each song only add to the vocals, which are often situated lower in the mix than usual.
This album starts with a beautiful, lushly instrumented piece: 'Glass House', which is a brilliant opener. The lush strings fade out into a monotonous and very juvenile sounding '**** you **** you', repeated quite several times, then going into the second line 'go to hell', over and over. I was really surprised. It actually made me check if this was actually a song on the album or if it just got mixed in accidentally. Its not all bad though, for 'Go to hell' is a slow buildup, it builds up into a Porcupine Tree-like climax. 'Rising of the Tide' and 'Waving' quickly banish any strange feelings towards 'Go to Hell'. The ethnic-tinged 'Blood' is probably Blackfield's heaviest song to date, sounding almost like 'Deadwing'-era porcupine tree. Interestingly, with songs like 'Dissolving with the night' and 'Zigota' i can hear Radiohead influences mixed in.
As melancholy and dreamy as always, Blackfield's newest album is definitely an album full of details that can only be picked up after repeated listening, but the genius within Blackfield is that upon first listen, the melodies are accessible enough to be listened to again: 'Porcupine Tree' without the progressive elements and with ethnic influences is what Blackfield is, essentially.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome To My DNA is a perfect pop record.,
This review is from: Welcome To My DNA (Audio CD)I admit, it does take a number of listens, but once you become familiar with this album you enjoy it more and more with each listen.
Simple lyrical content throughout, mixed with simple arrangements and perfect production make this a 'standard' Blackfield record, but thats what we're after isn't it?
Can't find a bad thing to say about it at all now after a few listens. Any creases that were, become ironed out by listening and listening. And thats what music is for, to listened and listened to. :)
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Swearing at the end of Glass House?,
This review is from: Welcome To My DNA (Audio CD)Several reviewers have commented on the repeated swearing at the end of Glass House, which is actually a track called "Go to hell".
I may be well off course here, but I think it stems from a book in the 33 1/3 series on Black Sabbath's Master of Reality, where the central protagonist of the book is confined to a mental hospital, and on page 3 it states "**** you all go to hell."
This is his response to the doctors who are - in his view - mistreating him.
It may be that Steve Wilson or Aviv Geffen have read this book and were "amused" or intrigued enough by this passage to make a song about it for the album.
Of course, I could be hopelessly wrong.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 2 was 'good company' - 3 is definitely a crowd,
This review is from: Welcome To My DNA (Audio CD)Being a big PT fan, i have really enjoyed Steven Wilson's work on the past two Blackfield albums. The songs and production on eeach of those albums is/was oustanding and i keep going back to them regularly.
Sadly, i can't say that i will be doing the same with this latest offering. To me, there are no great, standout, tracks on Welcome to my DNA and the whole project feels a lttle tired - despite the four years or so since Blackfield 2.
Glass House starts off proceedings reasonably well. The F*** You' diatribe (what is the point in this?)at the beginning of Go to Hell doesn't endear the track to the casual listener and - hey - Blackfield albums are ussually fairly 'smooth' albums to listen to!!!!!
The next few tracks kind of drift anonimously by until we get to Blood (T7) which reminds of Porcupine Tree in some ways (heavy riffs etc).
Oxygene (not the Jean-Michel Jarre piece!!) is reminiscent of many tracks from 1 and 2 - and the closing 'title' track is in a similar vein - but no real positive step forwards.
You may have gathered that i am disapointed with the album - and i am, becasue i really wanted it to be so much better.
5.0 out of 5 stars Blackfield's best album so far...,
This review is from: Welcome To My DNA (Audio CD)So, after a 4 year hiatus, Blackfield are finally back with their new album, `Welcome to My DNA'. Most of this album was written by Aviv Geffen, due to Steven Wilson working on his 2nd solo album throughout it's production. Aviv's writing influence is clearly evident on this new release, especially in tracks such as the upbeat `Oxygen' and the arabic infuenced `Blood'. This really doesn't sound like an album of individual songs, this sounds like an album, even though the songs don't flow into each other. `Glass House' is the perfect opener, which in particular reminded me of both Pink Floyd in general and Porcupine Tree's 1999 release `Stupid Dream'.
What struck me most about Blackfield's new album is the use of orchestrals. They are used to great effect on this album, especially in the songs `DNA', `Oxygen' and `Dissolving with the Night'. Because of the use of orchestrals, this album sounds different to what we heard on their previous albums, but this new musical direction is fresh and exciting. The album was recorded throughout 2010 in places all over the world, including Steven Wilson's home studio `No Man's Land', SARM Studios in London and Tel Aviv.
The new album is shorter than their previous album, `Blackfield II', but longer than their first album, `Blackfield I'. The choice of producing short songs on this album tells the listener that this isn't Porcupine Tree, and it isn't trying to be. Porcupine Tree are known for their long, almost epic compositions, whereas Blackfield mostly produce short, melancholic pieces. Continuing on the tradition, this album features `Zigota' a song originally written and recorded by Aviv Geffen in Hebrew. This song is the longest on the album, and it's arguably the best. It's loud, progressive rock `Rush' sounding ending really does make the track stand out above the rest.
Overall, Blackfield have crafted a perfect third album, that although drifts slightly from their previous sound, still confirms Steven and Aviv as musicians who create music because they love doing it, and that they aren't just out there looking for a trend to cash in on.
4.0 out of 5 stars A great addition to the first 2albums!!,
This review is from: Welcome To My DNA (Audio CD)A great addition to "Blackfield" & "Blackfield II". There are some great songs on this album, most notably " Far Away", " Blood", "Oxygen". I would agree that it may take a couple of listens to fully get a feel for the album which is what it has taken me but it will be worth it if you persist in doing so. The combination of Steven Wilson & Aviv Geffen is great to listen to and long may it continue!!
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