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Old 02-13-2011, 04:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default James Blake - S/T

James Blake - Self Titled Debut Full-Length. Released Feb 8th, 2011.

Previous releases: CMYK EP (2010), Klavierwerke EP (2010)

I don't think I've been this deeply connected with an album since Bon Iver's For Emma, Forever Ago. Blake's impeccable timing, use of negative space, and layering is amazing. Perhaps the biggest anomaly of all is that his voice is absolutely stunning - I say this based on genre and the fact that throughout multiple EP releases, his voice wasn't really uncovered until now. The previously released single, Feist cover "Limit To Your Love" was a great window into the album's sound, which is unique among his EP releases. The arragements remind of me of Four Tet, but are bettered by the quality of Blake's voice.

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Recommended Songs: I Mind, Unluck, Why Don't You Call Me

Curious to what others think of the album? Also, I have limited experience in the electronic-but-not-dance genre... any other good suggestions? Other electro-type stuff I like is Caribou, Four Tet, Holy F...; not generally into heavier electronic stuff (not even dubstep..)

I would personally give the album 9.5/10 .. most songs are completely perfect to me, there is the odd one that doesn't completely do it for me, but still work extremely well.

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Old 02-13-2011, 06:09 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've only heard that single (limit to your love or something?) so far.
I just can't really make music out of it. There's just the lyrics and a piano.
And then there's a lot of bass.
I just can't... I don't get it.
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Old 02-14-2011, 01:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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it doesn't do much for me either. gave it 2 complete listens and I'm binning it.
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It's just slow and boring as hell...
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Well of course it is if your username is violent and funky...

I expected to be in the smaller group on this one :-)
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Nah, everyone seems to like it here.
And I mean here, where I live.
Not on MB, apparently
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He is pretty over rated I think, I like the single but the rest is pretty much rubbish. The guy clearly is a good producer but his album is just not interesting in any way. He also seems to have given the media a new term "post-dubstep" which is a load of nonsense. Artists such as Burial and Clubroot for me are far more exciting and talented dub step artists their basslines are so deep and the atmospheres they can create are sensational.
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This album has the taste of Bon Iver's - Woods.

A lot of people who liked Bon Iver refused to listen to that song because it used auto tune effects. I'm not a fan of that sort of thing, but it's all about how you use the devices available to you. It's about wether you're being innovative and creating something new, or wether you're simply using a cookie cutter so you can call yourself talented. Once you realize this, you can begin to judge. And it's not all about whether you like something the first time you here it either.
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Bon Iver? I do not think anything like that ... Perhaps the tone of voice, but this is too little to compare, are very different jobs.
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Will Young mixed with Bon Iver gets run over by Benga.


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Bon Iver? I do not think anything like that ... Perhaps the tone of voice, but this is too little to compare, are very different jobs.
Obviously not in a composition sense, but he uses pretty much the exact same vocoded vocals as Bon Iver.
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