- 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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..
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.
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this for the heaven of listening to 'Retrograde' and it's worth the purchase for that track alone, but this is a rich, beautiful album.Published 29 days ago by Mike
...is the one you'll recognise and probably want to get the CD for.
The remainder of this album doesn't disappoint. Read more
Nick Drake playing electronic music in the 21 century... that is what it seems to me. So personal, so quiet, so loud sometimes... very unique... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Miguel Ibarretxe