posted by: maurice on 23 August 2011
In my review of Blueneck's previous record 'The Fallen Host' I bet they would become big. Unfortunately, this didn't happen in the Netherlands, but I am happy the band has written a new album entitled 'Repetitions'. Again the beauty can be found in the warm piano sounds, the guitar harmonies and the serene vocals.
Blueneck has postrock influences of course, but they are closer to dramatic pop songs mixed with ambient textures. The textures made by Blueneck are like a broad open field and the organic production once again is an addition to the melancholic music. Compared to 'The Fallen Host' Blueneck has concentrated more on the atmosphere of the album instead of on creating radio friendly songs.
If you keep the British riots in mind, Blueneck's 'Repetitions' is the perfect music for the aftermath of the riots in the streets of the cities. Songs like “Sleeping through a Storm” or "Barriers Down" are the perfect soundtrack for the silence and mess in the streets after the riots. The drama in Blueneck’s music is real due to the use of analogue instruments and Duncan Attwoods’ voice that comes from the heart.
In my previous review I referred to Mogwai and Godspeed You Black Emperor; on the new album Blueneck is still the modest version of the first one and is cramping Godspeed You Black Emperor parts into 5-minute songs with beautiful vocals included. “Repetitions” hits the bull’s eye, third time in a row.
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