Released: Oct 21 2011
By: Chris Fishlock
After a gutting split last year, three members of Blakfish finally release their debut album after the fantastic ‘Kill the Man That Shot That Man’ EP released late last year. Much like the brilliant ‘Champions’ album from Blakfish, ‘Light Bearer’ is very experimental musically, especially when it comes to the unconventional song structures, mix of time signatures and tempos that make the record an incredible amount more interesting than your usual rock record. Particularly impressive is the depth of the music &U&I create – with their relatively simple set up of one guitar, bass, drums and vocals.
Lyrically, the album is well written, and shows more musical maturity than ‘Champions’, however, it is not quite as witty. One of the negatives of ‘Light Bearer’ is that few songs stand out, which cannot be said for their first release, ‘Kill the Man That Shot That Man’ of which every song was unique in its own way. With ‘Light Bearer’ &U&I have refined their song writing to one distinct, but great style. After a few listens the album certainly grows on you and you can really respect the musicianship that has gone into this record – but does it not have the instant impact that their EP ‘Kill The Man That Shot That Man’ or Blakfish’s ‘Champions’ had.
&U&I have successfully developed their sound, and there is no doubt that this is one of the most stimulating rock albums of the year. &U&I have made one of the best rock records of the year, but based on their previous work you get the feeling they have even better in them – and it’s exciting to speculate over which direction this band will take next.
&U&I – Light Bearer Trailer