Blackfield II
Style: Rock
Release date: February 16th 2007

Blackfield was only suppose to be a one-off project between Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) and Aviv Geffen, but the success of the first album and their common interest in a good pop tune made them join forces once more to create album number two. 

The word that comes to mind when I listen to this overwhelming album is: beauty. The soundscapes created by Blackfield fills me with joy, makes me happy and relaxed. The songs are very emotional and quite simplistic in form. Straight to point rock music that has more in common with pop than rock. Timeless rock that creates feelings of melancholy and happiness. 

For most parts they are working with piano, keyboards and acoustic guitars to create a very emotional atmosphere, and on top of that we have Steven Wilson's intoxicating vocals, he handles most of the lead vocals on this album, with Aviv Geffen only doing the lead for one song, while they share the duties on 3. The orchestration, which occasional rears its ugly head adds further depth to the songs and lifts them up on a whole new level. 

Even though Aviv Geffen has written most of the material you are never in doubt, that Steven Wilson is a big part of every single second of the album, his contribution to the sound is very evident. 

It's hard to describe genius, and I am a huge fan of everything Steven Wilson touches, but this is so profound and brilliant that I can't stop listening to it. When the album runs out, all I want to do it push Play and listen to the album once more... 

I love every single moment of this great piece of rock, but if I had to pick out my personal highlights then I would say: "Epidemic", "Someday" and "End of the World". 3 brilliant rock ballads, each one simply awesome and without a doubt some of the best songs Steven Wilson have been a part of.

The sound on the album leaves nothing to be desired for; here Steven Wilson displays one of his many talents. Not since he produced Opeth's masterpieces 'Deliverance' and 'Damnation' and the latest Sieges Even album have I been so impressed by a production. 

And this has nothing to do with me whimping out, its just me showing appreciation for good music no matter in which shape or form itís delivered. Sure this is mainstream and the mellowest album I have been praising for years, but if you like serious rock with intelligent lyrics, then I suggest that you should take a dive head first into this wonderful universe. 

Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen have delivered the perfect soundtrack for a day in front of the fireplace with a cup of hot cocoa and nothing better to do than listen to music and dream of a better place with peace and harmony....

Label: Snapper Music
Distribution: Import
Reviewed by: Kenn Jensen
Date: March 7th 2007