Crippled Black Phoenix is one of the most unique & interesting bands which appeared in the last decade in the music business.
Although they started as a side-project band, they soon were evolved into a full time band, having their unique sound as a trademark combining many different music styles. Another "trademark" is the endless change of members in the last years, up to a point which you can never be sure which line-up they will set after a few months. (There has been already about 30 musicians in their ranks since 2004).
So far, they have released 7 studio albums and all of them have something different to offer listeners.
Speaking about myself, every new release is something pleasant, because I never know what to expect from them.
Their previous album called 'No Sadness or Farewell' was, maybe, their weakest one, and I wasn't sure what to expect next. But this new album made me re-gain my faith in the band.
Let's take it from the start: 'White Light Generator' contains 11 songs, and has a total running time of almost 70 minutes. The opening track is a Ricky Nelson's cover version (Sweeter than You), which I still wonder why it was included in the album. It's a sweet and mellow ballad but has nothing to do with the rest of the album. (This is not the first time CBP are doing that. Also in 'I Vigilante' we were wondering for the same reasons about the album's last song).
Next comes one of the strongest moments of the album, the song 'No!' (Parts 1 & 2), and the things are suddenly going serious, bringing some of the band's older wonderful moments to our memory. And right at the moment, when your expectations grow, the next 3 songs let you mildly down because they don’t have anything interesting to offer (without being bad songs though). And then we reach 'Northern Comfort' (Track No.6). From the first notes you realize that here we have something really interesting! This song is a really great composition from the start till the end. Especially the last part, after the 4th minute, with the female backing vocals, is an apocalypse! It was not by accident the band's choice to make this song the album's first video-clip.
'Northern Comfort' is followed by 'Wake me up when it's time to sleep', and the rhythm is slowing down a lot. But further than that, the song has a very beautiful melody and for me it's one of the best songs here.
But after this song there is again a 2-song-"gap" before we reach 'We Remember You' which is the 3rd very strong composition of this album. It's a rather melancholic tune with a glorious and unexpected finale. As for the last song 'A Brighter Tomorrow', I don't think I would have a problem if it wasn't included here. And to be honest, I would like more 'We Remember You' as the album's closing song.
So, thinking in a nutshell, 'White Light Generator' is a very 'decent' album, which includes some really remarkable moments. Yet, I think that if it was a bit smaller in length it would have been better.
Totally recommended to fans of Crippled Black Phoenix (but not only those).