album review: james blake
  • MONDAY, MARCH 07, 2011

  • Posted by: Dan Siegler

After a string of highly praised EPs and singles, including last year's excellent Klavierwerke, 23 year old British singer/producer/DJ wunderkind James Blake is ready for his close-up. On his eponymous debut you'll be hard-pressed to find a fully fleshed out verse-chorus-bridge song. Some contain only one verse, like "I Never Learnt To Share," in which Blake simply repeats the lines "My brother and my sister don't speak to me/But I don't blame them" over fluid, shifting musical landscapes. When other electronic artists skimp on structure, it can feel lazy. One of the reasons Blake gets away with it is that unlike his many contemporaries from DJ culture, he can really sing.

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