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4.0 out of 5 stars Blitzen Trapper - Folk rock experimentation of the highest order, 24 Jun. 2010
This review is from: Destroyer Of The Void (Audio CD)
Can a group produce an album that is to clever for its own good? Listen to the title track and opener to "Destroyer of the void" by Blitzen Trapper a bunch of experimental folk rock troubadours from Portland the "green" capital of the US and you wonder if this is all a bit too smart and knowing. But listen again and you realise its a sort of folk rock equivalent of "Bohemian Rhapsody" sounding on times like a cross between the Fleet foxes, the Beach boys and Grateful Dead. At 6 minutes plus you will probably hate it on a first listen but it does grow and grow which is the general experience you will have as you invest further time into very fine album by a very fine band.

Other highlights include the truly gorgeous and lavish piano ballad "Heaven and Earth" with a tender vocal by the bands singer Eric Earley which emotes restrained passion. "Dragon song" is very well constructed pop song that again draws upon some Crosby, Stills and Nash flavourings, "Love and Hate" is a much heavier rock beast starting off with some classic riffery and a much gritter vocal performance. A particular favourite must be the duet with the brilliant Adela Diane on "The Tree" a gentle "countryish" song which has echoes of the best of Sir Macca's guitar ballads, while the "The Man Who Would Speak True" would have Bob Dylan nodding in approval at the style and lyrical content of a great song.

"Destroyer of the Void" is far from perfect and sometimes you wish the band could more accurately capture on record the power of their live performances, similarly in an attempt to move away form "yet another alt country" album some of the experimentation works but other parts fall a little flat, but that after all is the reality for people who are prepared to take risks. For those new to this great band please check out a couple of songs from their previous album "Furr", namely the title track and the very droll murder ballad "Black River Killer" which was one of 2009's best songs.It will be a nice point of entry to an album that is undoubtedly the product of some very clever and innovative musicians and who fully understand the concept of producing an aural delight.
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Initial post: 15 Jul 2010 17:20:04 BDT
Listening to this for the first time as I write and I'm loving it. Very Beatles-y, very Wilco-y, very Dylan-y, yes, it is very good-y.

Hopefully I'll still feel this way after extended listens.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2010 22:56:02 BDT
Red on Black says:
As ever Mr Chinaski thanks for your comment. I loved "Furr" and this is a real grower and they should be praised for their experimentation. That said i am going through a Phosphorescent "phase" at the moment which I'm finding hard to shake particularly the best song of the year thus far in my opinion "Los Angeles". Its on Uncut free CD this month along with Dragon song by BT.

Cheers R o B

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2010 19:06:02 BDT
Yep, 'Los Angeles' is indeed a fantastic listen. Phosphorescent's 'Here's To Taking It Easy' is one of my favourites of the year so far. Funnily enought I'm currently going through a Hold Steady phase. I can't stop listening to 'Boys And Girls In America' & 'Seperation Sunday'.
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