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Overgrown

James Blake Audio CD
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Overgrown Biography
2013

It all started, says James Blake, with Joni Mitchell.

His favorite singer and songwriter came to see him at the Troubadour in Los Angeles two years ago and hung around afterwards to talk.

"She's an oracle," smiles James. "I learned a lot just from meeting her."

What they talked about most was the idea of ... Read more in Amazon's James Blake Store

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  • Audio CD (8 April 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00BG4RLF6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,983 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. I Am Sold 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Life Round Here 3:37£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Take A Fall For Me [feat. RZA] 3:33£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Our Love Comes Back 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 


Product Description

Second studio album by English electronic musician. The album's release was supported by the first single 'Retrograde' and also includes 'Take a Fall for Me' featuring RZA. The album debuted in the UK Albums Chart at #8.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars James remains consistent 14 July 2013
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If you loved James Blake's previous releases then you will enjoy this continuation of his haunting melodies and fractured songs creating an atmosphere of longing and passion. I'd heartily recommend this album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 9 Jun 2013
By Jamieb
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Having been a fan of James Blake since a few years ago, I've listened to all of his albums and EPs. His first and self titled album was incredible; quite the soundtrack to 2011; mysterious, satisfying, relaxed. Second album in my opinion was less accessible, a little disappointing (or perhaps challenging), focusing less on the mysterious, harmonic melodies that I was used to.
Overgrown sees James Blake return to his former glory; perhaps even more accessible and enjoyable than his first album. Every track is unique and the album fits together perfectly. It's slightly more commercial than his previous work, choruses are more recognisable, there's a genius collaboration with rap veteran RZA and plenty of twitching beats to keep the listener occupied.
Quite simply, his best work yet; wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overgrown 30 May 2013
By Sam
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Unlike his eponymous album James Blake, the young producer creates a perfect, creative album.

It seems as if he has found a way of incorporating bass driven influences to his soulful voice in a way that allows for each song to flow to the next.

Although I actually have less favourites from this album to his first, this album works as a whole much better.

Overgrown, I am Sold, Retrograde, Digital Lion, To The Last..

Just incredible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hotly anticipated 27 May 2013
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I'd been waiting for this for ages, I'd chanced my arm buying the first album on a whim but loved it so much I wanted to buy more, unfortunately I had to wait for the release date. This is a very different album from the first and that's great, It's less somber, more beat driven. I haven't ripped it to my mp3 player yet, it has been firmly installed in my car cd player.
I think "Life Round Here" with its insistent riff and slightly broken beats, vocal Harmonies, slow swelling chords and a huge sense of space is a triumph.

DLM is more like the first album.

Digital Lion has a huge chugging sequence, to contrast the acoustic guitar, wouldn't sound out of place on a Portishead album, and from me that is high praise.

Buy this, turn off the light, put it on and just soak it up.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 11 April 2013
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I can't find the words to describe the musical genius and inventivness of JB.

This Cd like his last one is beyond belief - in my opinion.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly beautiful 15 April 2013
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Where to begin describing Overgrown? I'm going to struggle, as I've not heard anything like James Blake before. As with his self-titled debut, it's simply unlike anything else. (Unless I've simply not listened to enough music.) Not sure who to compare him to or which genre to put him in. It's experimental, soulful, jarring, distorted, melodic and serves the unexpected - although, that said, this is exactly what I expected album number two to sound like.
Blake has a great vision for his musical landscapes. There's a sense it's all in his head and it's not something you can simply reproduce on sheet music - maybe a storyboard, instead? Maybe.
Opening and title track, Overgrown, is subtly beautiful and one of the least experimental tracks on the album, luring you in with an underplayed soulful voice, gradually building synths and percussion.
I Am Sold sees the experimental production values switched up a notch, but the musicality is just as rich, in particular the way Blake uses and plays with his remarkable voice.
By track three - Life Round Here - the synths do a little more of the quirky stuff and the landscape continues to build.
I'm not going to cover this track by track, but needless to say - in my view - there isn't a duff one here. I'm on my fifth listen and still finding surprises, still trying to hold onto the tunes and not quite managing it - a good thing, I know I'm not going to bore of this easily.
Parting track - Our Love Comes Back - brings the album full circle to something similar to the beginning - soulful voice, subtly building synths and underplayed sound effects.
If you particularly welcome the more experimental works of Radiohead, Elbow and Kate Bush, then this should appeal - I say should, because I really don't know. That's just the nearest I can get to a comparison; that's the nearest I can get to understanding just why I'm so drawn to this artist.
Final word on it all: astonishing.
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Conversationalist. 8 April 2013
By ACB(swansea) TOP 50 REVIEWER
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James Blake's debut recording threw me into a different league. His songs and presentation vocally may divide audiences but 'Overgrown' takes him another leap forward in his development. Sure, the high-pitched vocals and the backing drum-rim sounding accompaniments with thunderous synthesised build-ups are there, but Blake is his own man. His repertoire is his. His progress may well have been influenced by others but it is not obvious,this recording being so individualistic. There is no mistaking his voice nor production and any comparisons with other artists are fruitless.

James Blake has the ability to deliver a song in a manner that is incapable of pigeon-holing. His cracking, potentially fractured vocals never break. His repertoire of 'DEM', 'Like Around Here', 'Retrogade', are astounding. Joni Mitchell may have given advice and I'm sure was appreciated - be your own man- and may have some influence with 'Overgrown' and 'Our Love Comes Past', yet his songs define him as a unique performer and purveyor of creativity. James Blake gets full marks. This man is very special. His persona reminds me of the impact, 45 plus years ago, when Leonard Cohen hit me with a completely different style. His emotional delivery and lyrics sounded direct. Listening to this output so far puts Blake in a league of leadership with style. He surely needs no encouragement other than self-belief in his musical direction as listeners await for his next adventure. I don't feel he will disappoint.
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aaaahhh, just… I have no words to explain, I love this guy
Published 12 days ago by Kate
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
On vinyl - this is incredible.. nothing else to say...
Published 1 month ago by TomNorton
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album but a little short...
Every track on this album is very strong. Deserved winner of this year's Mercury prize. The only reason I never gave it 5-stars was that it plays for only 40 minutes. Read more
Published 3 months ago by TrueBlueLondon
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I like James Blake i thought his first album was a really original album mixing elements of dance/electronica with Indie. Read more
Published 4 months ago by King Eric
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this album
James blake's sounds are fresh and this is such a good album, highly recommend. His style is experimental but he can sound like chilled electronic in some songs and then has a r&b... Read more
Published 5 months ago by isabel
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving and atmospheric album; cleansing and cathartic.
As well as being incredibly stylish and of-the-time, Overgrown is packed full of substance. This collection of downtempo songs will survive long after similar acts have disappeared... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Hackmuth
4.0 out of 5 stars Overgrown
This album is full of beautiful melodic sounds and great origininality. Great to listen to when you want to chill out
Published 7 months ago by mark heason
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it now! Excellent introductory cd for James Blake's music.
Never dissapointed with James Blake.
Unique voice and arrangements.
First heard 2years ago when Just 21, such amazing talent and usual transporting effects. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Polly M.
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