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Black Helicopter

Invisible Jet

(Ecstatic Peace; US: 20 Jun 2006; UK: 25 Sep 2006)

Review [6.Oct.2006]

Despite both the band and album name, Black Helicopter’s Invisible Jet won’t sneak up on anyone. The group dirties up its guitars and powers ahead for the length of the disc, mixing some metal influences with a grunge feel. The resulting sound comes across a little as a throwback, but without the baggage that term usually carries. The opening ode to a car may lyrically be an updated ‘50s romp, but songwriter Tim Shea shows he can nail intense problems on “Take My Life”, in which a divorced man growls, “How’s my kids / How’s my wife / How’s my house / How’s my wife?” The wordplay is more functional than impressive, but it combines with the music for an effective and surprisingly even-keeled track. The album, while enjoyable throughout, seldom reaches that kind of memorable peak, leaving this Invisible Jet a good ride, but a little short on thrust.

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Justin Cober-Lake lives in Charlottesville, Virginia, with his wife, kids, and dog. His writing has appeared in a number of places, including Stylus, Paste, Chord, and Trouser Press. His work made its first appearance on CD with the release of Todd Goodman's first symphony, Fields of Crimson. He's recently co-founded the literary fly-fishing journal Rise Forms.


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