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Friday, December 7, 2007

Bløf - Platinum (2007)


Bløf was officially founded in 1992, in the province of Zeeland, The Netherlands. The original lineup was composed of the members Peter Slager, Paskal Jakobsen, Bas Kennis and Henk Tjoonk. Over the course of six years, the group had released nine records with multiple hit songs, and performed many sold-out performances. Their song 'Aan de kust' (At the coast) from their debut album Naakt onder de hemel is considered to be the new anthem of the province Zeeland, because the song is about this province.

Rather than singing in English, as is common practice among Dutch bands, Bløf produces songs in their native Dutch, vastly contributing to the popularization of Nederpop, as the genre is known in the Netherlands.

Besides having deeply sensitive lyrics, Bløf incorporates sounds from around the world. Their hit song 'Aanzoek zonder ringen' (Proposal without rings) uses Japanese kodo drums in the background, while their latest album, Umoja, was the result of a journey around the world to capture multi-national sounds.

Critics claim that their formula for success is the way they crafted song; they try to find the ideal balance between alternative and popular rock, poetic lyrics, and the voice of Paskal Jakobsen. This has brought Bløf the hits, awards, airplay, and international recognition that has propelled these four musicians into the most successful Dutch-language group in recent years.

Besides success, Bløf has also had its fair share of tragedy. Drummer Chris Götte, who replaced Henk Tjoonk in 1997, died in a motor crash on March 17th, 2001. When the news got out, the Bløf website was filled with condolances from fans and friends. In June, the band released a memorial album called 'Oog In Oog' (Eye to eye). The revenue for the album was donated to War Child. Norman Bonink joined the band that same year and continues to be their drummer today.

Listen

cd1

01.blof - harder dan ik hebben kan
02.blof - omarm
03.blof - holiday in spain (with counting crows)
04.blof - blauwe ruis
05.blof - aan de kust
06.blof - dichterbij dan ooit
07.blof - dansen aan zee
08.blof - mooie dag
09.blof - liefs uit londen
10.blof - zaterdag
11.blof - wat zou je doen? (live)
12.blof - hart tegen hart
13.blof - ze is er niet
14.blof - niets dan dit
15.blof - hier
16.blof - opstand
17.blof - meer van jou (live)

cd2

01.blof - dat wij dat zijn
02.blof - watermakers
03.blof - abraca-me omhels me dan (live with fernando lameirinhas)
04.blof - monsters slapen nooit
05.blof - misschien niet de eeuwigheid
06.blof - vrouw op de veranda
07.blof - kauwgom, thee en wierook
08.blof - bougainville
09.blof - vraag me niet
10.blof - heimwee
11.blof - barcelona
12.blof - streep mijn naam maar weg
13.blof - laat het licht aan
14.blof - laatste ronde
15.blof - dit lied
16.blof - in het volle licht
17.blof - zwart water
18.blof - het is laat

cd3

01.blof - aan de kust (live)
02.blof - dorst
03.blof - duister
04.blof - hart tegen hart (acoustic)
05.blof - dansen aan zee (acoustic with choir n violin)
06.blof - nishike
07.blof - watermakers (acoustic)
08.blof - twee koude handen (acoustic))
09.blof - scheveningse tram
10.blof - zing-vecht-huil-bid-lach-werk en bewonder
11.blof - onderhuids
12.blof - het geeft niet
13.blof - mooie dag (live with heather nova)
14.blof - halt mich (live with herbert gronemeyer)
15.blof - dansen aan zee (live with cristina branco)
16.blof - iedereen is van de wereld (live with the lau)

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