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James Blake [2 LP]
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The album soulful opener "Unluck" does remind of Bon Iver's "Woods" from last years "Blood Bank EP" with its use of vocoder style vocals but ultimately differs with its deep clicks and an minimalist intensity. It is followed by "Wilhelm's scream" a song that has been distributed freely on music blogs and one that has spent so much time on my PC speakers it could claim squatting rights. The huge debt, which Blake owes to dubstep, is revealed and builds to a digital intensity around the continual refrain of the lines "I don't know about my love anymore/all I know is I'm falling". This should be the starting point for the curious listener. "I never learned to share" is again based around a repetitive lyric but with all sort of electronic shenanigans going on in the background almost suggesting a church like ambience.
Blake's debut is often an introspective and moody piece of work, which can make The XX look like the Beach Boys in the fun stakes. But this is not a criticism; with some songs drifting along at a snails pace it can lead you to think that they may have finished, yet it gives the album a Sinatra like "wee small hours" quality. This will mean that Blake's debut will primarily be a late night feast.Read more ›
"James Blake" (11 tracks; 38 min.) starts off with "Unluck", which features spares instrumentation and a heavily processed lead vocal. It is followed by "The Wilhelm Scream" (2nd UK single), which is one of the more accessible songs here. "I Never Learnt To Share" features only one line ("My brother and my sister don't speak to me/But I don't blame them"), which is repeated over and over again, while a wave of electronic sounds builds up. "Lindisfarme I and II" starts with just Blake's voice heavily sequenced and redone, with eventually some instrumentation as well. "Limit To Your Love" (1st UK single) is by now the signature song of Blake's short career, a compelling cover of Feist' track from her "The Reminder" album. It is one of the more traditional songs on this album, and I say that in the vaguest sense of the word, as the song is still nothing like what you might expect to hear on mainstream commercial radio. With underlying piano and Blake's vocals upfront, it reminded me of Bill Withers' "Ain't No Sunshine", of all things. After that, things slow down more and more, and most of the remainder 5 tracks are what I would call mostly electronic vignettes, more sound experimentation than true songs (check "I Mind" for example). And that is not a criticism, on the contrary.
In all, I cannot emphasize enough how pleased and impressed I am with album. No melodies to speak of, just electronic mood-sounds.Read more ›
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James Blake sounds amazing on vinyl. My ears feel like they want to float away with the music.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I found it a challenging listen. There were some moments of genius and sections that held great promise but too much of the album, to me, sounded like someone working out the kinks... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is your just your average review of the album saying "oh 5/5 starts to the album, but my vinyl record was warped so I'm giving it a 2/5 because it was a damaged and warped... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Karl Hahn
I'm digging this LP. The production quality of the vinyl is a bit rough. I actually ordered from Amazon, but my copy had defects in the surface material on the playing surface, and... Read morePublished 7 months ago by anomaly7
The most exciting thing about this album is that I feel like we're glimpsing the future, the evolution, of music. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Michael Vaughan
This Album is one of the best albums ever made. It has a deep resonance to my soul and my very being. I could listen to it for ages.Published 10 months ago by Matthew Nocas