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Your Black Star

Your Black Star: Sound from the GroundSound from the Ground (2006)
Wonkavision

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If this is what happens when the punks grow up, I'm all in. Your Black Star's debut full-length for Wonkavision Records is a heavily textured atmospheric ride that has way too much going on for it to reasonably conceive it was produced by a three-piece. While there's not a whole lot of punk go.
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If this is what happens when the punks grow up, I'm all in.

Your Black Star's debut full-length for Wonkavision Records is a heavily textured atmospheric ride that has way too much going on for it to reasonably conceive it was produced by a three-piece.

While there's not a whole lot of punk going on in Sound from the Ground, Your Black Star has the same kind of crossover appeal that has worked well for some of their contemporaries such as the Stills, whom it is easy to think of when listening to this album.

At first listen, Sound from the Ground sounds almost lazy. Not in the sense that it was put together without talent, but more that the band might not have even been aware or especially engaged in what they were playing in the studio. That's a remarkable achievement considering that after only a few moments it becomes clear that the album is incredibly complex. This is appealing because on one level you can listen to the album in a very passive way -- going to sleep, cooking, having sex -- and it's great when approached in this manner. It's tough to find great background music.

But it's even better to take an active approach when you throw Sound from the Ground onto your stereo. It's only then that you really start to pick up on the intricate melodies and instrumentation -- especially the drumming, which pushes the listener through even the slower moments of the record.

It's too bad that it took Your Black Star about a year to find a label to release Sound from the Ground in America. The rest of the world has been enjoying it for the better part of a year.

 

 
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awkward (November 13, 2006)

didn't these guys tour with Elliott?

Anonymous (November 11, 2006)

Oh, for fuck's sake. When the punks grow up, they make better punk music, not "a heavily textured atmospheric ride" with "not a whole lot of punk going on."

I haven't listened to this, but that description makes me not want to.

threechordsandthetruth (November 11, 2006)

Redefinition, turning your play into a tragedy

ilikepunkrock (November 10, 2006)

It kind of dangerous to be an MC

ElVaquero (November 10, 2006)

it's not lions of hip hop, it's best alliance in hip hop

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

Actually listening to this right now. Good record.

SloaneDaley (November 10, 2006)

So much on my mind I just canít recline, blast holes in the night til' she bled sunshine

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

Lions of Hip Hip WIO

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

Black Star is way > Your Black Star

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

1 2 3

mos def and talib kweli

Anonymous (November 10, 2006)

Boo, because this just reminds me that the next BlackStar album is probably never coming out...

-Will

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