February 2017, Best Progressive Rock Album: Blackfield V

The best Progressive Rock album in February 2017 is without any doubt Blackfield V by the Blackfield, which is the fascinating musical project initiated more than 10 years ago by legendary and prolific British rocker and producer Steven Wilson with Israeli songwriter and musician Aviv Geffen. As the title says, Blackfield V is the fifth album generated by this collaboration and it comes four years after their previous release which is named, with a shot of originality, Blackfield IV. For those few who don’t know, Wilson became famous as founder and main composer of the Porcupine Tree, the British rock band which revitalized the progressive rock genre at the turn of the century. Porcupine Tree are inactive since 2009, once Wilson decided to committ himself to develop his solo musical career.

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Blackfield V was written and recorded over a period of 18 months in both Israel and England. It is no coincidence, then, that all the songs on the disc show a remarkable attention to detail and a clear sense of maturity. We feel in fact that some of the musical ideas on the album  were left to age without rushing and possibly reworked over time. And it is also clear that both the two musicians drew extensively into the reserve of ideas they accumulated in their careers, but always with the desire to adapt them the new context and enjoying the result of a fusion of different inspirations.

“Blackfield V” marks the return of two very bold and visionary musicians who consistently put out quality songwriting and performance chops. Pick this album and add it to your catalogue of must have music records (Metal Wani)

From a musical point of view, most of the songs are somehow resembling the first works by the Porcupine Tree but with a greater presence of singable pieces, elaborate layers of synthetizers and sweet melodies. The songs deal with the recurring themes of water and the ocean, and in this respect the disc is a sort of concept album. Even taken individually, however, the songs are characterized by an extraordinary quality and the presence of a common concept it is not a limit for the variety of the album, but it rather enriches the single songs.

This is a very elegant album, profound but definitely enjoyable. An artwork which founds itself on the roots of a consolidated musical genre but which still manages to be original and extremely inspired.

Guerino’s rating: 8 / 10.

Most beautiful songs: Sorrys, Family Man, Lately.

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