Kategorie: CD-Reviews | Genre: Artpop/Pop | Heft: Jahrgang 2013, eclipsed Nr. 153 / 9-2013 | VÖ-Jahr: 2013 | Wertung: 8/10 | Label: Kscope | Autor: BSV

The last Blackfield work "Welcome To My DNA" initially caused disappointment, but after some time it revealed enormous qualities. Aviv Geffen and Steven Wilson don't tie in with "IV" or the first two albums, but show new directions again. Of course "IV" is immediately recognizable as Blackfield, but it lacks the megasongs of the first two releases. But this doesn't detract from the quality of "IV", because Aviv Geffen, who wrote all the songs and produced the album, is an experienced songwriter who continues to produce melodies of the very best quality (almost fantastic in "Jupiter"). The previous sound was shifted away from guitars towards strings. These are often the focus of attention and are grandiose in "Firefly", "Faking" and "Jupiter". In addition to Wilson and Geffen, Vincent Cavanagh (Anathema), Brett Anderson (Suede) and Jonathan Donahue (Mercury Rev) also sing, refining the harp and slide guitar in the dreamy "The Only Fool Is Me". The ballad "X-Ray", the lively "Kissed By The Devil" and the electronic, too short "After The Rain" provide variety. I'll let Blackfield go on like this.

Top track: Jupiter

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