Recommended by us on 13th April 2007.
Blonde Redhead’s ‘Misery Is A Butterfly’, although conceived and
recorded during a time of trauma, the album was a confident, thrilling
and delicately-nuanced sweep of sound which enraptured the
already-converted and won the band a whole new legion of fans.
2007 sees Blonde Redhead return with something even more spellbinding in ‘23’. As rich and densely-layered as the last album, but the overall mood of wistfulness, melancholy and regret has been replaced by one of mystical wonder and renewed energy. The opening, and title track is an hypnotic and rapturous hymn to the magic of change which sets the tone for the whole album. Ballads like ‘The Dress’ and ‘Silently’ are as emotionally resonant as anything the band have recorded, while uptempo moments like ‘Spring And By Summer Fall’ and ‘SW’ will most certainly take their place alongside long-time favourites ‘Melody Of Certain Three’ and ‘In Particular’ as highlights of the band’s live set.
‘23’ was recorded and produced by Blonde Redhead in New York City during the second half of 2006. The engineer throughout was Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV On The Radio), while sharing mixing duties were Alan Moulder (My Bloody Valentine, Killers, Nine Inch Nails) and Rich Costey (Franz Ferdinand, Muse, Bloc Party).
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