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Friday, February 24, 2006

A heartfelt seduction lasts a lifetime.


Luke Haines of the Auteurs has already been posted here on KYCW so why not go ahead and give some attention to one of his other projects, Black Box Recorder? Haines collaborated with one-time Jesus & Mary Chain member John Moore and Sarah Nixey on vocals to release their stunning debut album England Made Me in 1998. Sarah Nixey's sweet and seemingly angelic vocals provide a great contrast to the dark and sometimes ominous lyrics, including subjects like British domesticity, troubled childhood, and of course the old favourites of murder and sex.

Nixey's vocals at times sound jaded and weary, at other times knowing and secretive. Their first single "Child Psychology" was banned from radio play in the UK because of the repeated lyric in the chorus "life is unfair- kill yourself or get over it" and only aired on MTV after the band agreed to scramble the offending words. Luke Haines' dark humour and songwriting craftmanship shine throughout all three of Black Box Recorder's first three albums- England Made Me, The Facts Of Life, and Passionoia. And of course, it goes without saying that Ms. Nixey is quite easy on more than just the ears.

Black Box Recorder- Girl Singing In The Wreckage

Black Box Recorder- Child Psychology

Black Box Recorder- New Baby Boom

Black Box Recorder- Start As You Mean To Go

Black Box Recorder- The Art Of Driving

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Jspaceman, you might want to check your site with Firefox. From this end it's not formatting correctly.

8:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Did you know Nixey has started her solo career?
see http://www.sarahnixey.com or http://www.myspace.com/sarahnixey
Love the piece.

12:07 PM  
Blogger jspaceman said...

Thanks for the heads up on Sarah- nice.

And I'll have to check out the Firefox problem...

6:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! can you reupload child psychology please?

2:29 PM  

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