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The Black Heart Procession
Six
Temporary Residence

Rating: 7/10 ?


November 16, 2009
Despite the fact that San Diego's Black Heart Procession is anything but clownish, it's still hard to chalk up their Halloween release of Six to coincidence. The band continues to march along in funereal fashion as the name suggests, carrying the influence of Leonard Cohen close to their darkened souls while conjuring whatever miscellaneous spooky moods prevail during this time of year.

Though practically condensed to a two-piece of founding members Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel, the downsizing hardly affects the morbid atmospheres this band has been so effectively able to convey over the past decade. "When You Finish Me" begins the affair in a slightly touching way, casting immediate shadows with tinkling piano and strings that caress Jenkins' near-perfect imitation of the "Suzanne" crooner. Fans of the Procession's 2002 effort Amore Del Tropico (arguably their best) will take cold comfort in dirge-y, hoodoo-voodoo tracks like "Wasteland," "Rats" and "Back to the Underground." While the band throws in a couple of welcome curveballs like the industrial-threatening "Suicide," the few "upbeat" numbers are overwhelmed by some plodding tracks and an overall lethargic pace--if that even sounds rational considering their already creeping approach.

Still, despite their tendency to wade dangrously close to parody, the Black Heart Procession's continuing themes of despair, gloom and doom are still what make them so appealing as they continue to defy their sunny upbringing.

Reviewed by Kiran Aditham
When not contributing to LAS and other music/film publications, Kiran Aditham toils away during the day in Manhattan as a reporter for an advertising magazine…though he’d rather not say which one.

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