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Confusing post-rock supergroup Crippled Black Phoenix are back with a new album this week and confuse me immediately by opening with a spookily pared back cover of Ricky Nelson's 'Sweeter Than You', made all the more confusing by the fact they have a different singer now to previously. It doesn't take long for them to settle into the cinematic prog/post-rock thing I was expecting, though, lots of ...

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White Light Generator by Crippled Black Phoenix
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8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 14 March 2014

Confusing post-rock supergroup Crippled Black Phoenix are back with a new album this week and confuse me immediately by opening with a spookily pared back cover of Ricky Nelson's 'Sweeter Than You', made all the more confusing by the fact they have a different singer now to previously.

It doesn't take long for them to settle into the cinematic prog/post-rock thing I was expecting, though, lots of shimmering build-ups and grandiose guitar and piano chords, all windswept and serious. The album is split into two halves, with the first half rocky and the second half moody. Particularly effective is the Hawkwind-meet-Laibach stomp-march of 'Let's Have An Apocalypse Now!', mixing a stop-start riff with a slight hair metal feel with a relentlessly thumping beat and coldly chanted vocals swathed in reverb.

After a weird spoken word interlude I'm now on the moodier half of the album and it's full of pared-back piano ballads which often have a bit of a Nick Cave feel to them, punctuated by the odd bit of grandiose cinematic sadrock. It's hazy and thoughtful but with an edge of dirgey malevolence, sometimes reminding me a bit of Current 93 sans Tibet's weird growly voice. It's quite dad but it's not bad.


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