Sound — 9
If you're reading this, then you probably know who Blackfield is. It's a band started by Porcupine Tree frontman Steven Wilson and Aviv Geffen. Both are well-known where they come from (Britain and Israel respectively) and have a long, reputable past as musicians and producers. There isn't a big change from their first self-titled album to this, they still have their Porcupine Tree-like soft instruments with less of a rock influence and more of an ambient or techno sound. If you liked the first one, then pick this up.
Lyrics — 9
The lyrics of this CD will affect your emotions. 1000 People will make you sad and inspired, Christenings will make you feel happy, and Some Day will make you relaxed. Blackfield is very good at setting mood with both lyrics and instruments, and it flows well together. Any fans of Porcupine Tree will love the vocals on this album since Steven Wilson sings most of it.
Overall Impression — 8
The songs here are catchy, Christenings has one of the best choruses I've heard in a while. But, for such a quiet band you'd expect songs that weren't 2 minutes long. The problem with not having an average of 5-6 minute long tracks like Porcupine Tree is that the short ones get old fast. The catchy choruses, although they are great the first time you hear them, just don't work out too well with the ambient sounds in some songs. This shouldn't be an album that you're going to listen to 10 times a day since it is relatively short. There are some great songs on this, though. Christenings, End of the World, and 1000 People are all extremely catchy and well-made. Other songs like My Gift of Silence may remind you more of Porcupine Tree, with more concentration on ambient sounds and instruments than the lyrics.