If you are coincidentally named the same a tennis star then maybe just use a different moniker for your music? Ok, no. Fine. So 21 year old James Blake was all up in everyone’s grill over the past year with a few much-creamed-over EPs that I just could never get into. And I tried. I gave this guy more second chances than anyone else since I tried getting into Animal Collective 2 years ago (Failed). So then James Blake’s unimaginatively titled album,Â James Blake, came out and I figured I would give it a spin, you know, out of journalisticÂ curiosity. That’s when the surprising part happened. I didn’t reach for the skip button, even once.Â I immediately played it a second time. I starred a few tracks. It was looking like I actually liked it. A few weeks later and the same result. Blake’s blog-dominating Feist cover “Limit To Your Love” finally seemed to make sense within the album. Sparse piano and vulnerable vocals giving way to just enough dubstep wobble to give the track ambience but without making me cringe.
The real gem, however, is second single “Wilhelm Scream.” (This guy is the hottest thing since sliced bread so I’m not tempting fate with a download, sorry) A simple beat, a simple refrain, but a not so simple result. This song has serious weight, captivating my ears every time I hear it. A lot of people seem to be up in arms over Blake and what he represents to music, dubstep, whatever, (Pitchfork’s review is an interesting read) but as a guy who was categorically NOT into him a month ago, I am well converted by this album, with “Lindisfarne II” and “Measurements” being my other favorites.Â I will still probably never appreciate his early EPs, but at least I’ll have this album. For those particular moods and moments, it’s as great a fit as any during these wintery days.
https://www.theburningear.com/media/2011/03/James-Blake.jpeg600600Brandonhttps://www.theburningear.com/media/2015/03/TBE-Header-Logo-2015-stack1.pngBrandon2011-03-01 02:34:082011-04-10 18:20:08[LP] JAMES BLAKE, you tested my LIMIT TO get into you but then YOUR album grew on me and now i might LOVE it