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Album Review: Blaqk Audio, 'Bright Black Heaven'

Blaqk Audio, the electronic duo consisting of AFI members Davey Havok and Jade Puget, turned heads back in 2007 with the surprise hit "Stiff Kittens" from their debut album CexCells. While their new album Bright Black Heaven was completed in 2009, things in the AFI camp prevented the album from being released. That didn't stop the duo from releasing and performing several new songs from the album for the past couple of years.

Bright Black Heaven displays a more mature sounding Blaqk Audio. Bigger atmosphere. Bigger layers. Bigger choruses. Think "Depeche Mode meets Erasure". The opener "Cold War" shines with heavenly synths while "Faith Healer" can easily be mistaken for a DM track. "Deconstructing Gods" has an icy vibe which obviously fits its icy, mountainous chorus ("Feeling freezes so I know it must be time to leave you dear/Everything's warm when your heart grows cold"). The second half of the record falls short with the exceptions of the haunting "Bliss" and bouncy number "Say Red". Davey Havok's vocals sound a lot more fitting behind electronics than with his main band AFI and Bright Black Heaven is more proof of this. If you're a fan of electronic music and synthpop, be sure to pick up Bright Black Heaven, which is out now via all online retailers.

Go Download: "Deconstructing Gods", "Fade To White"

01. Cold War
02. Fade To White
03. Faith Healer
04. Deconstructing Gods
05. Everybody’s Friends
06. Let’s Be Honest
07. With Your Arms Around You
08. Bliss
09. Bon Voyeurs
10. The Witness
11. Say Red
12. Ill-Lit Ships