Creature Comforts (album)

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Creature Comforts
Creature Comforts album.jpg
Studio album by Black Dice
Released June 22, 2004
Recorded 2001 & 2003
Genre Electronica
Length 43:46
Label DFA
Black Dice chronology
Beaches & Canyons
(2002)
Creature Comforts
(2004)
Broken Ear Record
(2005)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100 [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.0/10)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Tiny Mix Tapes (5/5)[5]

Creature Comforts is the second album by American experimental noise band Black Dice. It was released in June 2004 by DFA Records (USA) and Fat Cat Records (UK).[6][7]

Background[edit]

The album was preceded by the Miles of Smiles EP in March of the same year.[8][9] Most tracks were recorded at the Water Music, Rare Book Room and DFA's Plantain studios in New York City. "Live Loop" is a live-recording from the 2001 Summer Tour 2001.[6] Both James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy assisted with the recording while Steve Revitte mixed the album.[6] Creature Comforts is Black Dice's last album to feature longtime drummer Hisham Bharoocha.[10] The song "Skeleton" was described as the centerpiece of the album.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Dominique Leone of Pitchfork declared that the band had "delivered one of this year's most interesting records and proved that you don't have to be noisy to make beautiful noise".[3] TinyMixTapes found the songs "well thought out and pleasant to listen to".[5] In contrast, The Village Voice called the album "directionless [and] confused about what precisely their aesthetic is".[11] Dusted Magazine noticed the variety of ideas but saw it as a positive, describing the album as a "very textural work, one that shifts in and out of its various ideas with the freedom of musique concrete".[12]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cloud Pleaser" – 1:43
  2. "Treetops" – 6:23
  3. "Island" – 1:13
  4. "Creature" – 8:54
  5. "Live Loop" – 1:28
  6. "Skeleton" – 15:25
  7. "Schwip Schwap" – 2:01
  8. "Night Flight" – 6:35

Personnel[edit]

Bjorn Copeland -guitars

Eric Copeland - vocals

Aaron Warren - bass

Hisham Bharoocha - drums

James Murphy - engineer

Tim Goldsworthy - engineer

Steve Revitte - engineer/mixer

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Reviews for Creature Comforts by Black Dice - Metacritic". Metacritic. 
  2. ^ Creature Comforts at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b c Leone, Dominique (June 20, 2004). "Black Dice: Creature Comforts". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Black Dice - Create Comforts". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on February 15, 2008. 
  5. ^ a b Leveer, (editor) (2004). "Music Review: Black Dice - Creature Comforts". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  6. ^ a b c "Black Dice - Creature Comforts". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  7. ^ "Black Dice - Creature Comforts (UK)". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  8. ^ "Black Dice - Miles Of Smiles". Discogs. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  9. ^ "Black Dice - Three Imaginary Girls". Three Imaginary Girls. Retrieved 2016-04-06. 
  10. ^ "Creature Comforts LP/CD". Retrieved 17 March 2016. 
  11. ^ Ellison, Tim (June 28, 2004). "The Village Voice: Music: Space Between Their Ears". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2004-07-03. 
  12. ^ "Dusted Reviews: Black Dice - Creature Comforts". www.dustedmagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-04-06.