Album Reviews

Blaqk Audio – Bright Black Heaven (REVIEW) 2012

Let me just preface this by saying I grew up in the 80’s. I absolutely love electronic music. Some of my favorite bands growing up included the Eurythmics, Yaz, and Oingo Boinge. Of course I enjoyed the Petshop Boys and Duran Duran as well.

Why am I bringing this up? Because Blaqk Audio have transported me back to my youth. The music from their new album “Bright Black Heaven” would be best described if I could put my pinned cuff pants and jean jacket on with my neon green shoes.

“Bright Black Heaven” is a very upbeat dancy album without feeling dated. I know that is tough to swallow when I just spent two paragraphs talking about the cool music I loved in the 80’s but hear me out.

Blaqk Audio is the electronic brainchild of AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget. The two decided there were songs that just didn’t fit on AFI albums and created Blaqk Audio. The result is something one can only describe as toe tapping insanity.

The album immediately grabs you with tracks like “Fade to White” and “Everybody’s Friends.” There are some slower songs but lets put that into context. Saying there are slow songs on a Blaqk Audio album is like saying the last place driver at Indy is slow. Get the picture?

Bottom line: This is just another feather in the cap of a long line of successful albums from the duo. I love the pace of this album. You can easily lose yourself having this play during your workout or just taking it for a spin in your car. Either was it’s an album that you cannot pass up if you’re a fan of this genre. Great effort!

Rating: 8/10

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