Open Mind: The Best Of Black­field

Classic Rock - - Reviews - philip Wild­ing

Steven Wilson and Aviv Gef­fen’s golden slum­bers.

Bring­ing new juice to the old adage that a whole is of­ten greater than the the sum of its parts, Steven Wilson and Aviv Gef­fen’s on-and-off mu­si­cal part­ner­ship has now been go­ing for more than 10 years. Wilson, a demigod in the prog world (and headed to­wards the main­stream, given the pop lean­ings of his lat­est al­bum) and Gef­fen (who once swiv­elled around in his gi­ant red chair in the Is­raeli ver­sion of The Voice) un­der­stand how a pop tune works and what some­one like Brian Wilson might have done with cur­rent pro­duc­tion val­ues given the chance.

Lit­tle won­der, then, with such heady mu­si­cal pedi­grees gadding about, that this col­lec­tion is a glis­ten­ing, lush lis­ten, drenched with melody, gloomy un­der­tones and the kind of sparkle that al­most makes you want to shade your eyes. Re­flec­tive and very pretty, it’s es­pe­cially good in songs like Fam­ily Man, How Was Your Ride? and the ever dark­en­ing End Of The World.

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