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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 (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,985 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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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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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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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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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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. Would have been great with a couple of more tracks - providing they were up to the standard of the rest of the album. Just adding a couple of to pad it out would detract from the album's overall quality. Very atmospheric.
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This 2013 Mercury music prize-winning album from one of the country's most gifted singer-songwriter-producers is truly pioneering. He fuses bass-driven electronica with a very unique and under-stated style of R&B that creates a beautiful, original soundscape; haunting and mystifying as his sultry, warm voice pours out hyperbolic poetry. He uses repetition and samples to good effect with a complex blend of lead and bass synthesizers, percussion and a touch of acoustic piano. There is a nice balance of emotion and intelligence and the purity of his voice captivates, seen before on his covers of Limit to Your Love and Joni Mitchell's A Case of You. With this album, he has created his own musical genre and is a real auteur. There is very little conformity at all. It's certainly for the deeper mind and a bit like marmite, but it's a masterpiece for those with musicality. In particular the track Retrograde, which is absolutely sublime.
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Bought at a bargain £4 after buying the first album last year as it happens after hearing the 3rd track on the latest album 'Life Round Here' on the radio. Wasn't disappointed with either. Found the 1st album more challenging - needed repeated listenings before appreciating the unusual style (usually a good sign) which I find undefinable (strange that Amazon put the 1st album in the Electro pigeon-hole and the 2nd in the Pop category but I suppose they have to go somewhere !). On the 1st album the comparisons with Radiohead are understandable (Wim Mertens anyone?) but the 2nd album reaches out a little further to a wider audience with the excellent 'Take a fall for me' for instance.

Beautiful music which evokes all sorts of emotions (even if I do find it difficult at times to work out the lyrics) and a breath of fresh air in the polluted world of talentless radio-pap. If you're a Curious Orange - buy it!
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