00:42 - musclassia Also, Benjamin Breeg is a great song too - haven't listened to AMOLAD in forever, but I've always really liked that last 4 songs on it, especially The Legacy
00:38 - musclassia There's a couple of songs off X Factor and Virtual XI that might be interesting to hear re-recorded with Bruce, including that one (also Futureal). But I honestly struggle to listen to Bayley in Maiden, such a bad match IMO
22:52 - Apothecary So is this one [link] always been one of my favorites
01. Once 02. 1,000 People 03. Miss U 04. Christenings 05. This Killer 06. Epidemic 07. My Gift Of Silence 08. Some Day 09. Where Is My Love? 10. End Of The World
Sticking a "II" after your band name and releasing that as your follow up to your eponymous album doesn't show a great deal of creativity or invention. Don't be fooled though, as Blackfield is showcasing a lot of that through their music. You only need to know that Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame is behind most of the music. Israel-based Blackfield is a self-defined art pop rock combo specializing in atmospheric pop tunes and catchy soft melodic rock songs.
It isn't your average Metal fest but fans of Porcupine Tree and the likes will surely find something compelling about these songs especially if you already heard their debut. This brings us to comparisons between the two albums. First off, Steven Wilson seems to have taken more responsibilities within the band while his counterpart Aviv Geffen is still contributing enough to keep this a full-blown collaborative effort. Secondly, the more-pronounced inclusion of string instruments on some tracks makes them differently whole. Mostly, the seemingly effortless aptitude to create very catchy tunes remains the key element to Blackfield's music.
There is a certain melancholy to the whole arrangement of songs that can only grow on listeners through repeated listens. While their first album was maybe more rounded-up, this one has the better stand-out tracks. "Miss U" is their best ballad; "Epidemic" is their best atmospheric number; and in my opinion "My Gift of Silence" happens to be their best song. Blackfield II is a gem of atmospheric melodic rock perfect for peaceful evenings and rainy days. If you're looking for quality quiet music to chill out, this would be it.