BLACK ANGELS, THE – phosphene dream – CD digipack

CD digipackblue horizon records2010


When a band opens their album with a song called « Bad Vibrations, » hits the midway point with another called « River Of Blood » and titles their grand finale « The Sniper, » it's safeto assume they're not much worried about seeming wholesome and friendly. And even if The Black Angels had given the songs on their third full-length album Phosphene Dream titles relating to bunnies, flowers and ice cream, this music would still cast a long shadow of bad karma; The Black Angels appear to be stoned on the same stuff Thee Oh Sees have been taking for years, but with fewer hallucinations and a good bit more crummy attitude. While most bands following the path ofthe gloomy and the stoned sound a bit sloppy, on Phosphene Dream The Black Angels feel tighter and more precise than they ever have before, and the unified attack on these tunes helps the medicine go down without robbing the music of its sinister power. The musicians certainly deliver the good, calling up a web of guitars, keyboards and drums that thunder and ooze at the same time, and the melodies walk steadily more than they lurch. Producer Dave Sardy gives this music an approach that's just tidy enough, letting the important noisethrob purposefully while letting the extraneous noise fall by the wayside, and he manages to make Phosphene Dream soundcleaner than most albums of this ilk without taking the guts out of their sound. And amidst all that is dark and sinister on this album, « Telephone » is a classic bit of garage rock swagger in which the Black Angels reveal they can make music you can dance to when they feel like it. Sometimes being bad can be more fun than being good, and on Phosphene Dream The Black Angels hit that sweet spot more often than not; next time you're having a s ance or re-enacting the Sunset Strip riots, this is just the soundtrack you need.


1. Bad Vibrations
2. Haunting at 1300 McKinley
3. Yellow Elevator #2
4. Sunday Afternoon
5. River of Blood
6. Entrance Song
7. Phosphene Dream
8. True Believers
9. Telephone
10. The Sniper

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