Crippled Black Phoenix - I, Vigilante

by Miz DeShannon Rating:6 Release Date:2010-08-30

The third album from UK super-group Crippled Black Phoenix, (The Resurrectionists and Night Raider came out last year) is a five song masterpiece, which sounds so like Pink Floyd it's unbelievable. More than likely taking influence from the members' previous bands (Mogwai, Iron Monkey, Gonga), the eight-piece show great musicianship, but I, Vigilante isn't particularly inventive or original.

First track 'Troublemaker' is immediately very Pink Floyd, in tempo, guitar sounds, and vocal style. Its soundbite intro and plodding riffs do lead to a more upbeat end with some good Hammond organ sounds and post-rock drumming. The whole album revolves around words of warning and tales of trouble from times past up to the present, and 'We Forgotten Who We Are' reflects this rationale perfectly - a mournful piano intro and cinematic wailings for around 10 minutes.

'Fantastic Justice' seems to have an incredibly similar piano intro, and again is an ambitious eight minutes long - probably the weakest song on the album, simply because it sounds very same-y, if not a little drab. The massive tribute to veterans of WWII Battle of the Bulge, 'Bastogne Blues' is an improvement, with echoes of Elbow in the depth of storytelling and orchestral violin parts. However, it does start with rather an emotional audio clip from one veteran, a trick used by the Metallica in their memorial to the traumas of war 'One'.

Again there is more than an inkling of Gilmore in the album's last song, 'Of a Lifetime'. One massive guitar intro and solo, not massively adventurous but amazing sounding. With the strong female vocal this track really brought the album together.

Although the general sound of the album is, at the end of the day, copied, standard blues rock guitar progressions and simple in structure, for lovers of that classic rock sound it's great.

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