"colonizing" is a problematic term in this case, imo. england might have been the number one supporter of the nation of israel, being grounded on the balfour-declaration - but only as a means to defeat the ottoman empire and to reach geopolitical aims.. on the land where arabs have been living.. I'm unbiased, I really am. but england, as every other nation does as well, only follows its own interests, or the interests of the elite with the real money, power and vision, respectively.
I am all in for steven wilson trying to do better than his countrymen from back then. and I like "blackfield I" + "II" a lot, which are political more on a metaphorical level. however. I would have preferred if he got into one boat with a jewish musician AND and arab musician. - that would have been a powerful symbol for peace..
After one spin, it feels a lot like Blackfield IV -- lots of successful, dreamy art-pop with a few misfires. Like every Blackfield album before it, I will listen to it repeatedly (and with pleasure) until I find the 3-4 that will survive the test of time. I will say though, that as I write this, I'm listening to "It's So Hard" for the first time and I'm feeling a little weepy ...
Mr. Wilson, 'From 44 to 48' is embarassing, what happened, man? Stuff like that should remain hidden in your vault. 'Family Man' is bomb though, but that's Aviv's piece. But production is also important.
Definitely the most upbeat sounding Blackfield till now with a somewhat airy production and different feel throughout. Actually wish it had a bit more of that melancholic atmosphere that they could pull off so well in the past, and Steven Wilson's vocal role is still a tad smaller than I expected and hoped for, although he's definitely back as a main member now. Other than that, my first impressions are mostly positive. Gotta let it sink in for a bit.
I've listened to Blackfield ever since the first album came out, several years before I signed up for Last.fm. I know and appreciate the first 2 albums all too well, they're beautiful. IV is the only BF album I hardly care for, the others are all great, including he new one. My win! :)