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Finally The debut long player from Crippled Black Phoenix 'A Love Of Shared Disasters'. The first thing that strikes me about this is how cinematic sounding it is. They've used a combination of modern and old Victorian equipment to achive the sound. There's a country feel running through the album at times. If you didn't already know the band features Panthiest members Andy Semmens and Kostas Panagiotou, Nial McGaughey of 3D House of Beef and solo folk songwriter Joe Volk, frontman from Gonga. It's all very serious sounding 2LP and CD On Invada.
9/10 Bandi Customer review, 26th October 2015
I first came aware of this band when I looked for other projects of the members from the band Consumed. Yeah, the punk band from the late 90's. It's not very important, but I think should make it clear where I come from reviewing this album. It would be very difficult to pick a favourite record from this band. This one is moody, features a lot more acoustic and traditional instrummentation than later efforts, so it makes it kind of special. I listened to it multiple times on a long train ride when it was raining and I found it quite fitting (Once my train was about to arrive at the station and "I'm almost home" came on, one of the most beautiful tracks ever. Spring reverb on a xylophone, who does that?). It's important for me in music to have a certain atmosphere and this record deliverst that flawlessly.
My favourite track is "Suppose I Told The Truth Why I Had To Go" with the acoustic guitar part driving the whole song which I even took the time to figure out. It's not that difficult. The thing is, this band does a lot with quite few. They create a world's end kind of atmosphere with simple guitar tracks, strings and keyboards or piano. Even the ones that feature mainly major scales have darker undertones either in the lyrics or in some chord progressions. Sometimes the instrummental tracks drag on a bit too long, but that helps to dive into the melodies deeper and just drag you in. An almost 90 minute long album that doesn't feel longer than 60. If you've never heard this band this is a good starting point, but, The Resurrectionists is even better. It's a beautiful, thick pressing on vinyl and was recorded on tape, so an analog format is what gives you the best quality. Highly recommended.
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