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A beautiful slow burn,
This review is from: James Blake (MP3 Music)
I must confess that I'm not too familiar about the british musician James Blake. Unlike most here, I have not heard his other EPs, and before coming across him yesterday by mere chance through I-Tunes, I had never heard the name before. But after listening to this self titled debut 5 straight times, I now know that he's made one of the first great albums of 2011.
In the spirit of Bon Iver we are shown again here that Dub Step, can not only hold its ground as a genre, but it can also have a soul. And boy does James Blake give it a heartbreaking one. Much like Beck's Sea Change, Blake weaves underlying tapestries of melancholy into beauty while also concocting very creative beats. The music is overall somber, sad, yet haunting and beautiful; Blake's voice does resemble Bon Iver, but it is also unique. It has a very rich quality, that is at times bluesy ("I Never Learnt to Share") and other times soulful ("Unluck") Personally I think Blake has Iver pretty well matched.
The album is also very well produced. It has been a while since I've found a truly great headphones album, and James Blake's debut fills the void perfectly. There is nothing like coming home at night from a hard day of work/school, turning on "The Wilhelm Scream" And just slipping out into space while staring at the dark ceiling. The more I think about it, the more this album lingers with me. The production is great, the album's atmosphere is mesmerizing, and James Blake has become one of my new favorite artists. Pre Order this one immediatly, whether you like the genre or not, it's one that deserves everyone's attention.
Top Track: The Wilhelm Scream.
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Initial post: May 10, 2011 9:48:59 PM PDT
Lone Wolf says:
This is not dubstep. Fabriclive 37 (mix), Benga, Skream, Distance, Youngsta, Appleblim, Rusko (old stuff) etc... those are dubstep. Ital Tek and Boxcutter are 10,000 times closer to dubstep than this, but they aren't dubstep
I know that you are trying to build up your scene points with your friends that read Pitchfork, by using terms with a lot of buzz like "dubstep." The only problem though is that you are wrong. You might as well say that Jimi Hendrix played heavy metal and Prince plays the blues, because that is about as far away as you are. Seriously.
In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2011 1:45:35 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 11, 2011 1:51:28 PM PDT
Smoking Ace says:
If you look at your own review, I left a comment stating that you were correct especially after listening to skream's stuff. I already know that I'm wrong on that front. Who cares what genre this is in, it's good electronic soulful music. Dub-step or not Dub-dtep. So Please desist being so condescending, it's really not nessecary
In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2011 10:05:57 PM PDT
Lone Wolf says:
I wasn't trying to hurt any feelings. It just isn't as groundbreaking or amazing as people say it is. The buzz outweighs the substance 10 to 1 on this.
After coming out with CMYK, he could have done better. It just seems like James Blake listened to Aphex Twin's "Richard D. James" album from the mid nineties a few too many times and came up with his own C+ version of it here. The more that I listen to this, the more I hear a poor man's Aphex Twin... and that stuff is 15 years old already.
In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2011 8:39:36 PM PDT
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Smoking Ace says:
I like James Blake and still think this is a really solid effort, although I should take into account that I haven't listened to CMYK yet, but agree that Aphex Twin is in a completley different league. His creativity set the bar for Electronic music in the same way Jean Michel Jarre did back in the 70s. There really is just no comparison.
In reply to an earlier post on Oct 7, 2012 1:32:41 AM PDT
It's post-dubstep so that make it a kind of dubstep ^_^
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