"We're here to fulfill every one of your dreams, a small nominal fee, it only costs you your soul!!!!!!!" The opening lines to one of the best buys in a while. My taste in music tends to mean that the musicians are dead or in wheelchairs so I try and find new bands where I can and letlive. is turning out to be one of my favourite bands at the moment. From monumental opening track 'Banshee (Ghost Fame)' to the slow bass fade of the closer '27 Club' The Blackest Beautiful does not disappoint. Each and every track sticks out and carries it's own genius with it, 'Empty Elvis' holds a massive chorus 'White America's Beautiful Black Market' is so funky and bouncey that it could be a rap song, 'Virgin Dirt' carris the emotional weight equivalent of a whale and 'The Dope Beat' is just too much fun to jump around to and really lives up to it's name. I couldn't say that there is a weak track on this masterpiece, it's one of the albums that comes around every 5 years, albums like Songs For The Deaf (QOTSA) and The Eminem Show (Eminem) that are just stone cold classics that'll live within their genre forever and The Blackest Beautiful is no different. With every track featuring well crafted melody's and lyrics (with actual meaning) and the complex musical structures that always break into groove (bordering on funky) I really don't know what they are going to do for the next album, but whatever happens this is an album to give to your children.
Banshee (Ghost Fame)
White America's Beautiful Black Market
The Dope Beat
The Priest And Used Cars