This guy for sure has talent. Smooth ambient songs, very good melodies, nice instrumentation. He also has a nice voice, but the reason I remove one star is for the part time use of auto-tune. I don't think he needs this with this much talent. Maybe it's for style, or to show some technological purpose, but I still don't like this effect or manipulation.
Still, it's an awesome production and some of these songs are sublime just in terms of sound. Great to try with high end earphones/headphones or hifi music system.
It's introspective, moody. You don't listen to this if you want to move and dance at all. But if you want to relax, listen quietly to well recorded and produced music and to a very talented artist, you may like or love it.
on March 27, 2011
james blake, at 23, has an uncanny understanding of musical composition as well as a thirst for going out there with a sound that is so new, so accomplished and so audacious, that it brings tears to your eyes.
this is new generation ("nouvelle vague", they would say in france) but it's not pop, not screaming metallica, not empty.....this is neo-classical for a listenership that is from 15 to 95.
above all, it drips with esoteric creativeness and a devil-may-care attitude (i know i can make music and i do not care if it may not be mainstream)....by jove, mainstream it is not.
at 67 i may not be around to see this man's musical career fully blossoming...pity.