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Not Found: Black VelvetBlack Velvet (2012)
No Reason Records
Reviewer Rating: 3.5
Contributed by: Rich27Rich27
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This is the Italian quintet's third long player but the first to find its way to me, and it is quite a surprising listen. Big sounding songs, with hints of metallic guitar work albeit intricacies that take a backseat to the crushing chords that drive the songs forward all allowing vocalist November .
This is the Italian quintet's third long player but the first to find its way to me, and it is quite a surprising listen. Big sounding songs, with hints of metallic guitar work albeit intricacies that take a backseat to the crushing chords that drive the songs forward all allowing vocalist November (really, that's what his name is shown as on the cover) to produce one of the finest singing performances I've heard in a long while. His voice is that of a dramatic crooner as he sings, yes sings not shouts, the lyrics to the 10 tracks on this album and I am finding it a totally beguiling experience to hear his delivery, which has the ability to distract me from the relatively dark and slightly gloomy lyrical content. The words being used throughout this album are along the lines of "sinking," "'drowning," "six feet under," etc., and I'm guessing that November might not be the happiest man around (I'm also figuring that he is the one guy frowning in the photo of the band that I've seen). There are also repetitions of words across songs-two song titles include the word "rain" and two songs refer to "November," the month not the man I presume) and it all adds up to almost a deliberate theme at the heart of the record.
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