Celldweller
Wish Upon A Blackstar


3.5
great

Review

by Jeremy Bentham USER (65 Reviews)
June 12th, 2012 | 16 replies | 10,320 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While spanning many genres and featuring many new additions to the Celldweller sound, Wish Upon A Blackstar is not without its faults.

7 of 7 thought this review was well written

I'm sure I'm not the only one who thought at one point that Klayton's second Celldweller album might not ever see the light of day in its complete form. Spending years holed up in the studio (its been over 9 years since the debut Celldweller record) working on this album and releasing it in chapters was certainly a different approach to get his sophomore album out, but after the first two chapters one began to wonder if it would ever be completed and if so if it would even measure up to the immeasurable amount of hype that Klayton was forming around it. After many years of waiting and numerous delays, the rest of the album is finally here with the other songs from it that have been released over the years in its final complete form, and its certainly an ambitious record.

If anyone has listened to Klaytons music over the years, you know that the multi-instrumentalist is always bringing in new aspects to his sound. With a massive running time of seventy-five minutes, Blackstar spans numerous genres and Klayton never manages to disappoint with the music always taking new turns over the course of the album. "Unshakeable", the first real single from the album that was released last month, is one of the highlights of the album, featuring elements of dubstep mixed with Klaytons signature vocals and heavy riffs. Elsewhere, "Birthright" combines heavy bass lines with orchestral elements found on some of Klaytons instrumental work. "Eon" is Klaytons take on industrial metal while "Gift For You" presents a sinister vibe and female vocals to create a dark atmosphere among haunting synths. On almost every song here, one finds new elements in the music, and this is one of the strongest aspects of the album and the part of it that was worth the wait of all these many years. The album is massive in its running time, but the music never lets up from being instantly accessible and enjoyable with its many different elements.

Nevertheless, that doesnt mean that Blackstar is without its flaws. The one that you will instantly notice is Klaytons lyrics. The lyrics throughout the album range from bad to flat out cringe-worthy. Most of the time, they are incredibly cheesy. "The Lucky One", an eight minute track released two years ago in Chapter three of the album, is a prime example of this. With lyrics like rusted linings on my black cloud/it's raining piss would someone tell me what that's all about?! its impossible not to wonder that, given the incredibly long time it took Klayton to create and release this album, why there was such a lack of thought and work put into the lyrics. In this sense, it feels in some areas that the lyrics were just tacked on and that most of the time he took on the album was put into making the music itself. This deals an incredible blow to the record as a whole, but thankfully the music isn't equally as bad.

Given that it took Klayton nearly a decade to finish this album, I expected it to sound great, and one of the things I noticed about Blackstar was its production. While extremely polished at some points, most of it puts emphasis on exactly what it needs to. In most places; every vocal, every riff, every drum beat, and especially the electronic elements all sound fantastic. In some tracks, Klayton even added female vocals (see "Gift For You" and "So Long Sentiment") to change up the vocals and add another layer to the sound of the album. One thing that I was wishing would appear at some point but never did was an appearance by Blue Stahli. Being a huge fan of his recently released self-titled album and knowing that him and Klayton are good friends, its a shame he didn't contribute to a track or two on Blackstar to contribute vocals or any other instruments, but he is credited with production editing on some tracks across the album.

When it comes down to how you look at Wish Upon A Blackstar, it really depends on what you expect when listening to Klaytons music. He is always throwing new elements into the Celldweller sound, and in that aspect this album certainly lives up to expectations and is incredibly fun to listen to as far as the music itself goes. Every track sounds different from the other and many genres are present throughout the context of the album. If you heard his music before, you know that his lyrics have never been his strong point, and that part is ever evident on Blackstar. Was it worth waiting all these years for? I'll leave that to you to decide. However, let's hope that it doesn't take as long for Klayton to release his next album.



Recent reviews by this author
Dayshell DayshellKorn The Paradigm Shift
Chimaira Crown Of PhantomsSecrets Fragile Figures
Stone Sour House of Gold and Bones - Part 2Love and Death Between Here And Lost
user ratings (120)
Chart.
3.6
great

Comments:Add a Comment 
Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2012



31047 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

I can only imagine how bad this must be

Digging: Marcel Dettmann - Fabric 77

Acanthus
June 12th 2012



9537 Comments


I like the remix album/compilation better, probably will never touch this.

I doubt the cohesion of an album after it was released in parts over so many years.

Digging: The Cure - The Head on the Door

greg84
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2012



7346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

You seem to confuse 'its' with 'it's'. 'Its' is a possessive form of 'it'. 'It's' is a contraction of 'it is' or 'it has'.

Other than that, great review. Have a pos. The album is sometimes too poppy for its own good, not to mention poor in terms of lyrics.

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

Willie
Moderator
June 12th 2012



15897 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I never heard the debut or the different sections that he released independently, but I have to say that I do like this. It's like mainstream rock goes electronic (which also makes the lyrics tolerable). Good stuff.

Digging: Emperor - In The Nightside Eclipse - 20th Year Anniversary

BassDemon333
June 12th 2012



3357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Suprised you like this Willie, but yeah, its pretty good if you ignore the lyrics. The album is pretty long too, but it was always going to be.

rotterdog
June 12th 2012



488 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Everyone should at least listen to Eon off this. Such an awesome song. I'm not too excited about the rest of this.

BassDemon333
June 12th 2012



3357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eon is my favorite on this

bloc
June 12th 2012



34730 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

What happened to the Deluxe Edition entry? My soundoff that I worked so hard on is gone...

Digging: Messiah - Choir of Horrors

BassDemon333
June 12th 2012



3357 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I guess the mods deleted it. The deluxe edition is the one I have too.

Acanthus
June 12th 2012



9537 Comments


@Rotter - I've got his remix of Eon, don't need the original :P

CerberusLives
July 2nd 2012



50 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

'Blackstar' (the song) is pure cheese, but hey - cheese is tasty when you're in the mood for it.

megadedhed
December 6th 2012



94 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's so hard to rate a damn album with two amazing songs... but you cant remember anything else off of it... blah.

Madz279
January 1st 2013



28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eon and Unshakeable are good songs, rest of them are mostly cheesy and nothing too special.

Madz279
January 1st 2013



28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Eon and Unshakeable are good songs, rest of them are mostly cheesy and nothing too special.

Madz279
January 1st 2013



28 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Whoops sorry for double post.

Havey
January 20th 2013



9641 Comments

Album Rating: 2.0

you are forgiven



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy