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Black the Sun Import
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24 Year Old Australian Singer/Songwriter's Debut Album. Already Going Platinum in Oz Due to his Blend of Classic Songwriter with Modern Rock.
Elliot Smith's 1998 masterpiece XO was always going to be the kind of album that inspired attempts at emulation. Young Australian singer-songwriter Alex Lloyd is among the first pursuers on the trail, and though his uncanny vocal similarity to Peter Gabriel is rather off-putting, for the most part he acquits himself adequately. Lloyd's problem, inevitably, is that he is taking his wares to a marketplace in which Elliot Smith albums are already freely available. While Lloyd does possess a similar way with the endearingly lo-fi arrangement and the opaque rueful lyric on Black The Sun, the sorry truth is that while Lloyd is playing the same game as Smith, for the moment at least, he's stuck several leagues below. --Andrew Mueller
ARIA AwardsのBest male artistにも選ばれた事のあるミュージシャン。
His voice hits me like a sledgehammer. It's clean, clear, strong, edgy, dark, brilliant. I get chills. I immediately bookmark this guy and start looking for his music.
Black The Sun is going on 14 years old. It is as relevant now as it could have ever been in 2000.
From the opening drone and stomp of 'Melting' with the mellotron groaning in the intro and the brilliant melody line, to the edge and groove of 'Momo', the dreamy spill of the title track, 'Lucky Star's' genius hook and synth bass line to the Radiohead-like drone of 'Aliens' and 'Gender' - this is a brilliant release from a young, aggressive, limitless artist.
He's done nothing since but make edgy pop that just shines. All his releases since are amazing. Even in his most 'pop' pieces, he always throws in some curve that makes you smile and make you remember how good his talent really is.
Alex needs a bigger audience. His body of work is pretty small but his talent is enormous. I look forward to having him come to the US sometime so we call see him rip it up live.
Enjoy!!!! (Oh and Distant Light, Good In the Face of A Stranger, Watching Angels Mend and his newest, Urban Wilderness, are all awesome as well….)
This is inoffensive, solid, enjoyable alternative music, which for the best listening experience should be played while driving. The bass guitar gets a good workout, and surely drives the tracks along that bit more. Think dark.
"Momo" is a standout, and sets the right tone for the album - dark, with a bit of edge. This particular track evokes the images of an outback drive, and the bridge and coda with the harmonica aid this, giving it more of an Australian feel. "Gender" is another song perfect for driving. It has the best bass on the album and is somewhat dark, with attitude that makes it one of the best tracks on the album.
"Black the Sun" also shows shades of the good darkness, including thunder, a travelling zapping sound and something else that makes one wonder if they're hearing someone trying to contact aliens. More darkness appears in "What a Year", which has a sarcastic tone to it.
"Something Special" sounds very commercially-friendly, to the extent that it could've been used in television advertisements for sport. Another commercially friendly - but better - track is "My Way Home", which was released as a single. It's catchy, has strong vocals, has that driving bass, is lively, has light keyboard, as well as use of the xylophone. It's one of my favourites.
"Aliens" is one of two songs that could be described as ballads, but Alex Lloyd is one of those artists who's managed to do it in a way that you won't roll your eyes at. This is a slower track, but it's sweet and lovely, as is "Backseat Clause", which is acoustic.
This is an important album to keep in mind, especially considering his later releases. His second album, "Watching Angels Mend" is more commercially friendly (the hit song "Amazing" is a true example of this), but his third and most recent album, "Distant Light", is said to return to the darkness of "Black the Sun". While that third album was probably released too late to receive an album nomination (it's only been out a few weeks, at the time of writing), its first single, "Coming Home", was enough to earn Alex Lloyd the Best Male Talent award at the 2003 ARIA Awards.
--Erin Horgan, [...]