- 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 (85 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,648 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
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.
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.
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.
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..
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it as he was playing at Latitude - what a pile of rubbish!Published 4 months ago by Dan Brown
Haunting, ethereal electronic sounds with Blake's intensity soon had me drawn in and hooked. Easy to lose yourself in this album, highly recommendedPublished 5 months ago by Mrs B-C
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 9 months 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