Blanc Burn CD
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Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe return with a new studio album
"A distinct sparkle and the element of quirkiness that the band has always had." -- Clash
"Older, wiser but no less optimistic."
-- Music Week
"Rather than an excercise in pastiche, Blanc Burn sounds completely comfortable in its 2011 skin... Withering, witty and clever." -- **** MOJO
"Rather than an exercise in pastiche, Blanc Burn sounds completely comfortable in its 2011 skin."
-- MOJO ****
Top Customer Reviews
Missing-in-action for twenty-five-odd years, Neil Arthur and Stephen Luscombe (Blancmange) return with an album that sounds remarkably like classic Blancmange. Arthur's Lancastrian brogue remains central to their anomalous electronic pop style, and brings both an earthy realism and an indisputable identity to the proceedings. He's also brought some excellent songs with him. Both "The Western" and "By The Bus Stop @ Woolies" wouldn't have sounded out of place on 1982's "Happy Families" collection and "I'm Having A Coffee" is as wonderfully mundane as the title suggests; as is "Don't Forget Your Teeth".
When it looks as if they're going to get all popstar and celebrity girlfriend on our behinds, it's marginally disappointing to discover that the uncharacteristically titled "Stardiddler" (title changed to save Amazon's blushes) isn't even remotely connected to the Rolling Stones' "Star Star". Apart from that minor frustration, it's all good.
Well after a first listen what did I think? Okay springs to mind but that's about it. I always thought Blancmage's best tracks were the more upbeat and rhythmic ones. When I'd read that old cohort Pandit Dinesh was on board too all looked promising.I just don't think they play to their strengths enough on this album.There are some okay tracks such as The Western, I'm Having A Coffee and Don't Let These Days. However if I was looking for a single from the album I would be struggling. There's certainly nothing of the standard of Feel Me,Living On The Ceiling,Blind Vision or Don't Tell Me. I'm glad to see that Neil's humour still shines through though.
I don't want to put people off buying this album. It's good to see the likes of Blancmange recording new material and we should support them. Perhaps the album will grow on me the more I hear it.Let's hope this is the first of many new releases from Neil and Stephen.
A mixture of tunes showing a modern twist and sounds from their past.
I've heard that they are also working on some extended remixes on tracks from the album.
Very northern, very synthy and very Blancmange. Welcome back boys i love your new album :)
They now have a more recent album than this out, Semi Detached, which I'll be buying after writing this. And for any returning fans - Neil Arthur also had a solo album out in the mid 90s.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was dubious at the start and the couple of pop songs threw me off a bit but this is really a cracking good album. So much fun. It is weird and wonderful, bizarre and intriguing. Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2014 by A W W
Just glad they're back. No dept information or analysing the songs.Blanc Mange is not the kind of band for that. Just having fun in doing what they do...and be good at it. Read morePublished on 8 May 2012 by George
Pleasantly suprised! I'm really enjoying this album and finding it familiar yet fresh: like catching up with a really good friend. Read morePublished on 27 Aug. 2011 by P. Cheetham
A welcome return from Neil, Stephen and Pandit. It's been 25 years since this line up produced anything together. It's the same old Blancmange but updated. Read morePublished on 31 July 2011 by Nakedbus
fab fantastic, sticking to their guns, dont think they wana be rich,this just grows and grows,typical northerner, doin it his way,just one connection missing,a tune about fred... Read morePublished on 19 July 2011 by jason simms
I have been a fan of Blancmange since having heard "Waves" for the first time around 1981. Actually i have prepared there dance orientated numbers like "Living on the ceiling" but... Read morePublished on 12 May 2011 by Thilo Lambracht
I agree with other review that "Blancburn" got some weak tracks. But when listen to the whole album, I can't help giving it 5 stars. Read morePublished on 10 May 2011 by pmppk
1. By The BusStop At Woolies : In itself quite an interesting song title since Woolies no longer exists! Read morePublished on 8 May 2011 by Richie77777