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“Blackfield II” by Blackfield

Artist: Blackfield
Title: “Blackfield II”
Label: Atlantic Records
Release Date: 3/6/2007
Genre: Progressive Rock
Rating: 4/5

This second collaboration between Porcupine Tree’s Steven Wilson and Israeli alternative singer/songwriter Aviv Geffen is a solid follow up to their exceptional 2004, eponymously titled, debut album. In addition to Wilson and Geffen, the new recordings feature the talents of Tomer Z on drums, Seffy Efrati on Bass, and Daniel Salomon, a star in his own right in Israel, on piano.

Whereas collaborative efforts by established artists have the potential to turn into disjointed arm-wrestling tournaments, Blackfield II has the feel of a united band effort. Aviv and Steven’s musical sensibilities, as well as their voices, meld together like two brothers who have shared a record collection, albeit from worlds away. In fact, to view this as a “side project” for either would be unfairly dismissive of how powerful and beautiful these songs/recordings are.
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