Dirk Blanchart | Pretty Dark Album

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Pretty Dark Album

by Dirk Blanchart

9th solo album, released in 2006 (Benelux only). "Stars come and go but dB manages to shine on…. you'll hear a master craftsman in excellent form who's made his most complete and best album since Blow (1992)" (review DIGG nov 2006).
Genre: Rock: Adult Alternative Pop/Rock
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  Song Share Time Download
1. If I Should Go
4:30 $0.99
2. Life in the Suburb
4:57 $0.99
3. Love Is for Losers
4:00 $0.99
4. Nothing Like My Girl
4:10 $0.99
5. Albatross - Simple
4:05 $0.99
6. Gates of Heaven
3:37 $0.99
7. Girl from Outer Space
3:25 $0.99
8. Pre-Millennium Friend
4:08 $0.99
9. Let's Eat & Forget
3:56 $0.99
10. Oji
4:57 $0.99
11. Wat Lest De Dorst?
3:56 $0.99
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Album Notes
Reviews for PRETTY DARK ALBUM (release 2006, Benelux).
'Blanchart seems to be mixing various influences in his songs but manages -in a masterly way- to keep only what's essential… For those willing to let them take on his trip, enjoy the beautiful Love is for losers, a song that deals equally with natural disaster as with real personal feelings; or Gates of heaven, an evocation of heaven in sound and words'.
De Standaard, 14/10/2006

'Sailors cry bitter tears, love is something for losers en there's a preview of his own mortality and death (in the wonderful If I should go (before my time)). The title is perfectly chosen: this album is pretty ànd dark'.
De Morgen, 25/9/2006, 4*

'The opening track If I should go -a superb melody on a bed of guitars- already makes it clear that this is gonna be a special ride…. The dark and stylish Life in the suburb evolves in 2 parts that feel like one song to its climax… Blanchart has never sung better, as you can hear on the subdued Love is for losers…Girl from outer space has everything to become a modest dB-classic… an excellent and homogeneous album'.
Stage, nov 2006, 4*

'...there are some songs on this album that really hit the mark: Life in the suburb (with the girls choir), Girl from outer space (thé song of the album...)… and Albatross/Simple, a cover of the instrumental Fleetwood Mac-classic, here with added lyrics by dB'.
RifRaf, nov 2006

'Stars come and go but dB manages to shine on…. you'll hear a master craftsman in excellent form who's made his most complete and best album since Blow (1992)… the barking guitars in Life in the suburb and Nothing like my girl show that he and Chris Whitley crossed paths at some time…In grand style also are Love is for losers and Albatross / Simple, the Fleetwood Mac classic that he provided with squidgy guitars and his own lyrics… Gates of heaven with its beautiful string arrangement, is a turning point: after this the album becomes less dark and more pretty'.
www.digg.be, 21/11/2006, 4*

‘Songs like Love is for losers and Pre-millennium friend stick immediately but you'd better dim the lights and pour yourself a heartwarming drink while listening to this album'.
Menzo, nov 2006

'Life in the suburb ... so strong that it elevates the album to a higher level... those heavenly children's voices…'.
P-Magazine, nov 2006

'A rather dark album that contrasts a bleak world view with inventive pop music... deals with a world that slowly destroys itself and with the loss of innocence, symbolised on the cover by a pretty image of a child with clouds as wings'
Gazet van Antwerpen, 28/10/2006

‘...a new album by the man who showed as one of the first that Belgian pop music is not synonymous with 'snug and cosy'… dB excells once again as a songwriter…intelligent lyrics and musical arrangements… 9 out of 11 is an outstanding result in our books. Glad he's back'.
Artsenkrant, nov 2006



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