Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Crippled Black Phoenix- "200 Tons Of Bad Luck" (2009)
If I felt like going through the trouble of compiling a top 10 records of 2009, this would definitely be in it, and probably even in the top 3. Wikipedia calls them a "post-rock band from the United Kingdom", though I feel calling this post-rock is quite patronizing to an amazing piece of work that manages to blur the lines of genre's as diverse as doom, folk, indie, pub rock, and yes, even post-rock. Instrumentation is not limited to the guitar/bass/drums standard in pretty much all rock (post or otherwise); banjo, musical saw, accordion, dobro, and cello all find their place in the mix. There's even a mo'fucking Harmonium! If you still need a selling point, this features members of popular rock acts such as Mogwai and Electric Wizard/Iron Monkey (though before you're disappointed, I want to stress that this, while presenting an overall vibe of doom and gloom, is NOT a sludge metal record). This is also probably not the type of thing you want to listen to while actively doing something, at least not on the first listen. My recommendation for this one is, if you want to get the full experience, before you go to bed, pack a bowl, dim the lights, maybe pour a glass of wine, and try and take it all in.
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