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THE NEW ALBUM FROM STEVEN WILSON AND AVIV GEFFEN Blackfield is the acclaimed collaboration between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Israeli artist Aviv Geffen. Formed after a meeting in 2000, the partnership blossomed into a cross-cultural collaboration that has already spawned two albums (Blackfield and Blackfield II). They return in March with their third album, Welcome To My DNA, following a gap of 4 years caused by both artists recent hectic schedules. Porcupine Trees 2009 release, The Incident, is the bands best selling album to date, and the band has continued to raise its profile around the world, recently playing sold out gigs at Londons Royal Albert Hall and New Yorks Radio City Music Hall. However, Porcupine Tree is just one of Stevens several musical projects, which also include Blackfield, No-Man, and Bass Communion. Steven is also a Grammy nominated producer and mixer working with the likes of Opeth, King Crimson, and Yoko Ono. He also co-wrote and sang a song on the recent UK number one album by Pendulum. During the gap between albums, Aviv has released his first English language solo album (produced by Trevor Horn) and has supported U2 and Placebo. The son of esteemed Israeli poet Yehonatan Geffen and the nephew of Moshe Dayan, Geffen is Israels leading counter-culture rock musician. A huge star in his native country, his records have been greeted with critical adulation, earning him a string of gold albums. An outspoken peace campaigner, he controversially refused to do compulsory military service, and his lyrics have been fiercely critical of the Israeli military and their actions. Aviv has worked with various artists, including Elbow and Belle and Sebastian, throughout his career but it has been his partnership with Steven that has proved the most fertile, and both artists have been keen to return to their work with Blackfield. Blackfield will be on tour throughout Europe in April. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.
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Aviv Geffen is very much the driving force on this album (only "Waving" is a Steven Wilson composition), hence the lack of the heavier Porcupine Tree-style sounds that fans who discovered Blackfield through Steven Wilson may have been hoping for. By no means does that detract from the album, however - while much of the melancholy from their previous two albums can be found here, there are some inventive moments, such as the "Israeli" sound on "Blood", the almost Eurovision-sounding "Oxygen" and the simple but highly effective "Go To Hell", which is not for the easily shocked! The duo also back up their "progressive" tag with "Zigota", very much a combination of Geffen's bleakness and Wilson's sense of musical adventure.
This is an album I would recommend along with their previous albums, although for a complete Blackfield performance (featuring Aviv Geffen at his most passionate) a trip to one of their concerts is well worth it.
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.
This album is very similar to 1 and 2 but has a little more of a concept in a way but is not to strong.
Welcome to my DNA is a nice soft album mainly by geffin as Wilson was busy on other projects. My view on this album is its well writhen, played and sang. I believe that willsons track is a little out of place on the album but is still nice to have one song by him in the mix. I like geffin as a wrighter but prefer Wilsons vocal. Welcome to my DNA is not as good a blackfield 2 but is on par with 1. Very good album but some of stevens fan base don't like it as much. As a Wilson fan myself I think its a good album
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The music on the album is generally soft and has some soft spoken lyrics and some more up beat ones as with waving it is a bit of an upbeat song. Go to hell is not lyrically very good as it is just repetition and the F word is said allot so not for a person who don't like that thing but when someone has annoyed you it is a good song to listen to as you feel the same way. Rising of the tide is a soft song and has some nice guitar work throughout there. Far away is a nice song and the lyrics seem to have some nice feeling to them about moving on and about while others are stuck behind. Dissolving with the night has a nice piano start with some soft lyrics about well dissolving into nothing but the lyrics get more up as it looks at the past then Steven comes in with his vocals which sound better for recording than geffin. Blood is a amazing song as it is rather heavy instrumentally with the guitar and the drums and is more of a harder rock song than most of the album and the guitar work is a little similar to PT. Then the song becomes softer again and switches between the two as the guitar comes in and out. On a plane is a nice song the playing seems sorrowful and has nice lyrics about a boy waiting for his dad to arrive from the airport and is rather uplifting and slightly sad in the way it is sung. Oxygen is a nice song two with the typical soft drum and guitar. Zigota is normally from geffins solo albums but now sang in English by Steven. Welcome to my DNA is a soft song with both Steven and geffin singing together which works so well for some reason eaven tho there voices are different. The song slowly gets louder till the end where it drops down again then out.
It's pleasant enough, but I'd sooner play the first two abums by Wilson & Geffen before I play this one again....not bad, but just not that great.... perhaps it's a grower as it's definitley not as "instant" as I personally found the first two Blackfield albums to be.
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