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Brightblack Morning Light Image
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  • Summary: This is the Matador debut for the Northern California outfit founded by cabin- and tent-dwelling childhood friends (from Alabama) Nathan Shineywater and Rachael Hughes.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19
  1. The word "Hypnotic"'s overused, but the band's spatial know-how and rigorously muted flourishes are more than deserving of the accolade. It's well-deep, blossoming ambiance.
  2. 80
    A hazy treat. [Oct 2006, p.103]
  3. You will have to surrender yourself completely to this record, for left as background music it will waft pleasantly around your head and out your window.
  4. Most of the material is as impressive in sound as it is atmosphere.
  5. 70
    Thankfully, Brightblack's mellow mysticism never comes at the expense of a frisky groove. [Jul 2006, p.97]
  6. Keyboards, sparse guitar, and percussion along with gentle murmuring vocals move at a supremely slow pace making the tracks blend together so that most of them are indistinguishable from one another. [#14]
  7. 20
    Sounds like the Band in a coma. [Jul 2006, p.82]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. toddw
    Jul 8, 2006
    9
    This album is pure mellow, stony, grooviness. Throw it on and unwind. Perfect for late, hot summer nights, before the birds start chirping This album is pure mellow, stony, grooviness. Throw it on and unwind. Perfect for late, hot summer nights, before the birds start chirping but after everyone's gone to bed. Can you dig it? Yes, you can. Collapse
  2. MattR.
    Sep 7, 2006
    8
    This album is a pleasant, mellow listen. Great on headphones.
  3. KevinM
    Sep 16, 2006
    8
    Groovy, the whole album melds together to create a very mellow mood. If mellow ain't your thing don't listen to this.
  4. MarkO
    Jul 6, 2006
    4
    Eh... Not much to this. The first song or two reminds me of the slow bluesy riff from that movie, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", when the Eh... Not much to this. The first song or two reminds me of the slow bluesy riff from that movie, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", when the cop tows their car away. And since this album is kinda 'same-sy' beginning to end, then it all reminds me of that song. So if you liked "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", then this may be right up your alley! Expand