00:34 - Clint W. Not sure about the train scene from Joe Kidd. Unforgiven might be my favorite Eastwood western. The other Sergio Leone non-Eastwood westerns are great too.
00:18 - Erik M. I forgot about Bronco Billy, which I haven't seen. Paint Your Wagon is not really a western from the looks of it, so that one doesn't count. :P (okay, it seems I ended up talking to myself again)
00:13 - Erik M. Zaphod, I'm sure I already spammed it before but here's my Western list (IMDb): [link] All "real" Eastwood Westerns, as you can see.
00:11 - Erik M. Clint W, isn't the train scene in Joe Kidd similar... or a rip-off, of the train scene in How the West Was Won? I've only seen Joe Kidd, so I don't know yet.
00:08 - Erik M. Clint W., all the movies I just mentioned I haven't yet seen (seen nearly 40 westerns in total for the record), so I'm looking forward to them a lot. Yeah, I've heard about that train scene, which apparently is classic as well.
00:07 - Zaphod Haven't seen anything of him after Gran Torino, but that movie was indeed excellent.
00:06 - Erik M. Actually I own quite a few non-western Eastwood movies. Yeah, I'm definitely a fan, though Gran Torino was his last excellent (and interesting) movie, sadly. Wish he stopped after that one (with acting at least).
01. Once 02. 1,000 People 03. Miss U 04. Christenings 05. This Killer 06. Epidemic 07. My Gift Of Silence 08. Some Day 09. Where Is My Love? 10. End Of The World
Sticking a "II" after your band name and releasing that as your follow up to your eponymous album doesn't show a great deal of creativity or invention. Don't be fooled though, as Blackfield is showcasing a lot of that through their music. You only need to know that Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame is behind most of the music. Israel-based Blackfield is a self-defined art pop rock combo specializing in atmospheric pop tunes and catchy soft melodic rock songs.
It isn't your average Metal fest but fans of Porcupine Tree and the likes will surely find something compelling about these songs especially if you already heard their debut. This brings us to comparisons between the two albums. First off, Steven Wilson seems to have taken more responsibilities within the band while his counterpart Aviv Geffen is still contributing enough to keep this a full-blown collaborative effort. Secondly, the more-pronounced inclusion of string instruments on some tracks makes them differently whole. Mostly, the seemingly effortless aptitude to create very catchy tunes remains the key element to Blackfield's music.
There is a certain melancholy to the whole arrangement of songs that can only grow on listeners through repeated listens. While their first album was maybe more rounded-up, this one has the better stand-out tracks. "Miss U" is their best ballad; "Epidemic" is their best atmospheric number; and in my opinion "My Gift of Silence" happens to be their best song. Blackfield II is a gem of atmospheric melodic rock perfect for peaceful evenings and rainy days. If you're looking for quality quiet music to chill out, this would be it.