Black Heart Procession, Bellini, Poison Arrows | Bottom Lounge | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Black Heart Procession, Bellini, Poison Arrows 

When: Sat., Nov. 7, 8 p.m. 2009
Price: $15, 18+
As the return to numbered titles might hint, the Black Heart Procession's Six (Temporary Residence) doesn't break new ground: the core duo of Pall Jenkins and Tobias Nathaniel cultivate the same dark theatricality that's bolstered an impressive catalog dating back to '98. As it ever was, Jenkins's barbiturate croon creeps along over spooky arrangements out of the seasoned indie rocker's guide to eclectic instrumentation—layers of piano, synth, extra percussion. In terms of complexity Six falls somewhere between the band's earlier and more barren numbered efforts and 2002's ambitious murder-mystery concept album, Amore del Tropico. But new ground is overrated: you want wrist-slitting ambiance, you got wrist-slitting ambiance. —Kevin Warwick

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