Misty's Big Adventure - The Black Hole
Somehow, listening to ‘The Black Hole’ on the 4th anniversary of what is now known as 9/11 and all its hype seems right. Not that ‘The Black Hole’ is in any way earth moving or promotes religious war; more in that one is felt questioning the point after being subjected to it.
Opening with the superb album title ‘The Black Hole’, promises so much they almost precociously stumble in to a big adventure set aside for established heroes or cultist idols; but the album follows on with a fair amount of middle-of-the-road dross at times even feeling a little Divine Comedy-esque.
If you believe the hype, Misty’s may threaten to be a UK Calexico, or new Spiritualized, indeed the opening of the album feels almost like The Beta Band but for me they are more forgettable than they could/should be on this record - ‘The Black Hole’ is more Neil Hannon than Jim Morrison unfortunately. Less a ‘Big Adventure’, more a tiring commute.
Perhaps I am being a little harsh – however as was often said about the Buffalo Springfield, I don’t think the live experience of this band comes across on this record at all which is disappointing. Having seen Misty’s live I was sure John Peel’s huge respect for them was spot on. Now I am not sure.
This adventure is still too early for serious following and thankfully one hopes they have got through their black hole - with a whole new universe of music to follow. It has to be better than this though please.