I also really liked Lately and From 44 To 48, the latter being the sole songwriting contribution by Wilson A Drop in the Ocean and Life Is An Ocean are co-written by Geffen and Wilson but I lack the emotional punch to these tracks compared to previously mentioned October and Undercover Heart. The music is very similar to Porcupine Tree's music, but in much shorter run times and more radio friendly. Some of them are genuinely bad, others are offensive, some noticeably poetic, but mostly they're just boring. But after a few more listens, I realized that it didn't need to sound like the first two records to be a good record in its own right. But now, there is hardly any guitar in any of the songs, just mostly the lush orchestration. I was ready to give this three, maybe even two stars. Other than those minor flaws, this album is pretty damn great.
The collaboration, extending from their self-titled debut in 2004 to their superb return with album V produced with Alan Parsons in 2017, has proven to be a prolific partnership for creating striking and affecting music. I wouldn't really give them the general pop label as that would be a huge injustice to the great music that is heard on this album and these are not just average pop songs. The chorus wouldn't be nearly as effective or crushingly melancholic without the heavily multitracked vocal work or the thick layers of vivid musical imagery in its instrumentation. The lyricism follows suit, going for themes of love, depression, happiness, and other broad emotional topics. As I said before, there's also a very stripped-down side to all of this.
These three tracks sounded like Steven Wilson was back in the band since both Family Man and How Was Your Ride? This song is also accompanied by strings to add to its fragility; there is some lovely piano work when the strings enter. He sits comfortably in his middle register and doesn't give the listener much to walk away or help connect with. That kind of stuff is what makes this album work; the album is so fueled on emotion that it's pretty fascinating. There are two songs that are fronted by Aviv and the rest are fronted be Steven. The songs are in the same vein as the debut album, drenched with strings and keyboards with only some short instrumental breaks.
It's strange because the song is in a major key, yet the music doesn't really sound happy and the lyrics, in typical Wilson style, are ambiguously morbid. These songs are sometimes even too cheesy for pop songs. The songs for the most part, however, lack substance. Of course, Wilson continues to add guitar parts and is in charge of production. Blackfield is the collaboration between Israeli songwriter and musician Aviv Geffen, and British musician and producer Steven Wilson.
This is why I was completely surprised when I found out that all of these three compositions were in fact written Aviv Geffen. The collaboration, extending from their self-titled debut in 2004 to their superb return with album V in 2017, has proven to be a prolific partnership for creating striking and affecting music. In other words, the album maintains a lot of diversity. Battlefield 4 é o décimo terceiro titulo da série e uma sequela de de 2011. The songs are mostly around the 4 minute mark and only one, 'End of the World' slightly surpassing the 5 minute mark.
This album combines an uncommonly potent mixture of sweet and tart elements, and is named after the very first Blackfield collaboration, Open Mind. Other notable tracks on the album include 'Lullaby', 'Cloudy Now' and 'The Hole in Me'. Two of my favorite moments on the record are October and Undercover Heart and feature some of the most heartfelt lyrics by Geffen. It squeaks by with 3 stars, but only because of the nice string arrangements and the excellent production. The aim was to keep things majestic, yet simple. Album number I in my opinion is definitely worth is and should be considered an excellent addition to any prog rock collection, but not necessarily essential. Geffen has said that he has convinced Wilson to keep his guitar solos down below 2 minutes, and Wilson was fine with that, Wilson wanted Geffen to take the band over.
Even the alternative side of the music is missing here for the most part. While some may consider this a second-rate Porcupine Tree record, it's certainly much more than that. Overall, I was surprised that Blackfield V managed to changed my mind completely on the importance of the collaboration between Aviv Geffen and Steven Wilson. Then came news of Blackfield V, the cover picture indicating the return of the collaboration and style of the first album was a very welcome sign of things to come, I wasn't disappointed. When the album finally arrived and I browsed though the songwriting credits I was even more surprised to see that only 3 out of 13 tracks had Wilson's contribution two on which are co-writing credits.
There is a lot of piano, strings and guitar and the songs are all slow to mid tempo, there is a feeling of sameness to the songs but they are certainly well produced, beautiful and meticulously crafted. Geffen is a great songwriter and has almost perfected the 3 minute pop song format. Still, it's worth checking out. The music doesn't really challenge at all, and just seems to lack development. KickassTorrents is a fast growing torrent search engine. There's a lot to like about this records, just don't let your unreasonably high expectations get the better of you. Wilson would also continue to step back even further on subsequent albums.