Blaqk Audio
CexCells


4.0
excellent

Review

by BrxxnAngxlRxsnxr USER (40 Reviews)
December 12th, 2009 | 40 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The side project of Davey Havok and Jade Puget show that they are stellar songwriters that can produce dark, ambient electronic music and while a few flaws glare through they can undoubtedly be fixed on a subsequent release.

One of my favorite pastimes is to sing. I've been told a thousand times I sound like a nasally cat by my friends and family but that never stops me from putting on my earphones and screeching away. With the release of “Cexcells” I had not only more reasons to sing terribly in my room but to dance in a weird fashion as well.

“Blaqk Audio” the side project of AFI vocalist Davey Havok and guitarist Jade Puget. To my basic understanding Jade works behind the keyboard and synth machines while Davey plays front man as he does with AFI. The production value on this album is sharp and crisp showing Jade to be a natural at creating smooth and catchy beats. To match the dark ambient electro flourishes produced by Jade is Davey's even darker lyrical performance that comes off as nothing short of dramatic.

The lyrics would have to be the highlight of the album. Lines like, "I'll climb on top and never stop until I make you forget who you are", from the track,” Between Breaths (an XX perspective)", are not only passionately sang but also give of a very sexy vibe that is perfect if you have a “special” friend close by. As with AFI albums the lyrics can be at times very self deprecating. The track, "The Fear of Being Found", find the lyrics being not only bleak but also self questioning, the line, "I feel see through, can you see through me?" show that anything Davey has a hand in will undoubtedly have a cold and dark quality to it. The final track on the album has a very soporific quality to it as Davey sings, "My my, your oh so sly let's leave unsaid what's left unspoken" over a moody blend of piano and electronic effects. It would seem that lyrics so dark would come off as cliché or overly pretentious however Blaqk Audio seems to have found a perfect balance of drama and passion that flow colorfully throughout the album.

The instrumental aspect of Blaqk Audio are a mixture of upbeat electro pop such as on, "Snuff on Digital" to the slower piano driven track, "The Love Letter". The beats all work very well and excel at the speedier tracks like, "On a Friday", which fabricates a dance vibe quite well.

The albums main flaws are scattered throughout and while no track is below average there are some uncomfortable bumps. One of the few missteps glare though on the track, "On a Friday", in which Davey flamboyantly repeats, "Oh,Oh,Oh" so many times it almost becomes difficult to listen to. Another flaw would have to be on the track, "Stiff Kittens" where Davey's voice goes a little too deep and doesn't suit him that well. These flaws are easily overlooked after multiple listens.

Cexcells would have to be one of my favorite electronica albums. Not only do Davey and Jade show that they are capable of branching out but that they are also very talented songwriters. There isn't a single filler track in the bunch and the next Blaqk Audio release will undoubtedly build upon their first wonderful release, CexCells.

Recommended Tracks

”The Fear of Being Found”
“On a Friday”
“Snuff on Digital”
“Again, Again, and Again”




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LiquidVelvet
December 12th 2009


628 Comments


I like this album a lot. Good review, especially for an early one, but definitely use spellcheck more.

"Cexcells would have to be one of my favorite electronica albums."
How much electronic music do you generally listen to? This is a great album, but nowhere near top of the genre, so I'm a little curious.

Foxhound
December 12th 2009


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is the first electronica album I've listened to all the way through. I'm not very familiar with the genre as a whole.

Phantom
December 12th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this is reasonably enjoyable, it does get a bit samey after a while though.

semiotic love is always great though

bloc
December 12th 2009


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Semiotic Love is great, but Snuff on Digital is my favourite. i hope these guys make another album.

cirq
December 12th 2009


9264 Comments


yea...no

bloc
December 12th 2009


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

not a fan of this cirq?

Phantom
December 12th 2009


8930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

nothing on here is as good as that little dance break in Death Of Seasons

bloc
December 12th 2009


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

ha, i know exactly what you're referring to.

Foxhound
December 12th 2009


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There is a 97% of a new BA album next year : )

bloc
December 12th 2009


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

yay!

cirq
December 12th 2009


9264 Comments


Not a fan of AFI or this

EasternLight
December 13th 2009


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey! afi fans ftw. i agree. my party music.
good review.

Foxhound
December 14th 2009


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

New Blaqk Audio album is titled "Bright Black Heaven"

if anyone cares.

AtavanHalen
December 14th 2009


17927 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I do.

Foxhound
December 14th 2009


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool

bloc
December 14th 2009


34919 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

me too, any word on its release date?

Foxhound
December 17th 2009


4570 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah the release date should be April ish. That should be the time the next Coheed album comes out
too.

LiquidVelvet
December 17th 2009


628 Comments


Ughhh no matter how much I listen, I can't get over that little "STRIP FOR ME AS I HAVE STRIPPED FOR YOU" section
So catchy

BrahTheSunGod
December 20th 2009


1279 Comments


April's gonna be a good, good month

EasternLight
December 20th 2009


2700 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album rules



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