Perhaps the instrumental restraint of the last Blueneck work "Epilogue" should make room for more. After the feel-good chapades of the first three albums, the band from British North Somerset surprised with a soundtrack-like still life. The place was thus leveled for "King Nine", which without ifs and buts now represents the climax of the melancholic Art'n'Postrocker's work so far. "King Nine is elegiac, furious, special. Blueneck manage to build up some hardly bearable tension in every song, but without running the risk of collapsing somehow. What begins very delicately, like a hidden plant, shows in the course of the sometimes really epic pieces an enormous growth and develops into sublime beauty. Songs like "Sirens" and "King Nine" are such wonders in Blueneck's pathetic New Artrock cosmos. The softness of the band is mainly due to the voice of singer Duncan Attwoods, who melts every iceberg.
Top track: Sirens