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    Major Parkinson - Blackbox

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    Norway, 2017. Last and not the least of them all, as each new album adds something more and sounds nicer than the previous one, this album is another magnificent collection of great tracks, with quite a lot of members/guests, and a couple of long tracks and short sweet stuff, making it all more of a concept album than the previous records, with the main theme coming up in the first track. #7 Baseball is an awesome voyage made of tremendous parts with transparent edges. As usual, tense mood (like #2 Night Hitcher) and entertaining tracks (like #6 Madeleine Crumbles) — sometimes both the moods at the same time as in #4 Isabel - A report to an academy — still shine on, the fairy voice shows up here and there, and compositions with great sounds make it another essential album for such a productive essential band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Naytheet View Post
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    Norway, 2017. Last and not the least of them all, as each new album adds something more and sounds nicer than the previous one, this album is another magnificent collection of great tracks, with quite a lot of members/guests, and a couple of long tracks and short sweet stuff, making it all more of a concept album than the previous records, with the main theme coming up in the first track. #7 Baseball is an awesome voyage made of tremendous parts with transparent edges. As usual, tense mood (like #2 Night Hitcher) and entertaining tracks (like #6 Madeleine Crumbles) — sometimes both the moods at the same time as in #4 Isabel - A report to an academy — still shine on, the fairy voice shows up here and there, and compositions with great sounds make it another essential album for such a productive essential band.
    I love this - a fabulous album all the way through. I have found they get better with each album so lets hope they don't prove me wrong with the next!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naytheet View Post
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    Norway, 2017. Last and not the least of them all, as each new album adds something more and sounds nicer than the previous one, this album is another magnificent collection of great tracks, with quite a lot of members/guests, and a couple of long tracks and short sweet stuff, making it all more of a concept album than the previous records, with the main theme coming up in the first track. #7 Baseball is an awesome voyage made of tremendous parts with transparent edges. As usual, tense mood (like #2 Night Hitcher) and entertaining tracks (like #6 Madeleine Crumbles) — sometimes both the moods at the same time as in #4 Isabel - A report to an academy — still shine on, the fairy voice shows up here and there, and compositions with great sounds make it another essential album for such a productive essential band.
    Just getting into them, they sound great. Just listened to excerpts from each album on their bandcamp website. Already have Blackbox but have not had a chance to listen to it yet. Ordered Twilight Cinema as well, though it will take probably more than a week coming from across the pond. Quite enjoyed the first two as well, but these are not easy to get anymore. The good news is that Apollon Records seems to be bound to reissue them. Read the announcement somewhere about it, Twilight Cinema is the first one there and already out.
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    AS a Cardiacs fan I felt I had to try these guys so I bought Black Box a few years ago.
    Unfortunately it did very little for me.

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    ^ What's the Cardiacs connection?
    "Actually, throughout my life, my two greatest assets have been mental stability and being, like, really smart...not smart, but genius....and a very stable genius at that!"

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    The members are Cardiacs fans. I even saw a a bit of a Major Parkinson concert video where they started their show with playing 'The home of fadeless splendor"

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    Quote Originally Posted by thedunno View Post
    The members are Cardiacs fans. I even saw a a bit of a Major Parkinson concert video where they started their show with playing 'The home of fadeless splendor"
    And when they played in the UK in 2019, Tim Smith came to see them and met them after the gig.

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    Listening to the Blackbox as I write and, so far, for something like the 4th time in a row. Hard to take it out from the player, really enjoy it. At the same I can understand it may not be everyone's cup of tea. Quite theatrical throughout. However, the first impression was "what the heck ... must have mixed up the CDs with Leonard Cohen's one". At least this is how the album starts. Really like it.

    Btw, Bergen, Norway must be a very special place - so many great bands from this city. What do they add to their food and drinks there?
    "Confusion Will Be My Epitaph"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Naytheet View Post
    Thanks posting the link to Live at Ricks. As I understand they play there the whole Twilight Cinema album. This will be a great introduction to this album. Still waiting for it but it should be in the mail shortly, so keeping my fingers crossed it won't be too long.
    "Confusion Will Be My Epitaph"

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    O.K. listened to it finally with the booklet in my hands and following the text to the music playing. A real stunner, just great stuff. From 2017 it is about time for a new one from them, hope it won't be a too long wait.
    "Confusion Will Be My Epitaph"

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    Blackbox is good, although I remember hoping I would get attached to it as much as I did with Twilight Cinema.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mnprogger View Post
    Blackbox is good, although I remember hoping I would get attached to it as much as I did with Twilight Cinema.
    I don't know, the album works pretty well for me. But of course looking forward to listening to the Twilight Cinema, preferably with the text in hand ... hope it is included in the booklet. Still waiting for it to arrive and, even though, I could listen to it at their bandcamp website I think I will wait. In the meantime I could watch the concert "Live at Ricks" to get the taste of it in live setting, as supposedly it includes the entire performance of the Twilight Cinema.
    "Confusion Will Be My Epitaph"

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