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5.0 out of 5 stars Musical Conversationalist., 8 April 2013
This review is from: Overgrown (MP3 Download)
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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Initial post: 8 Apr 2013 21:46:40 BDT
I agree, I am enjoying the album too. Not a massive progression but once again interesting stuff.

On a related but perhaps insignificant note; apart from being dreadful "artwork" I dont think the cover picture looks like him. The inside cover shots are much better and do look like him. Am I imagining it?

In reply to an earlier post on 9 Apr 2013 14:32:41 BDT
Agree. Cover looks like an ordinary bloke walking the streets. Maybe that's what he wanted. Look like anyone but sound inside startling.
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