Tuesday, 9 April 2013
I cannot describe how excited I was for this album... I was poised on iTunes at 23:59 on the night before its release with my debit card details. I can describe EVEN LESS how much it has overshot my expectations. The sheer variation that James Blake has been capable of since he first came on the scene is amazing to me. Any piano-playing, song-writing, lyric-warbling, genius-producing man who can perfect an acoustic cover of Joni Mitchell's 'A Case Of You' while making a Kelis sample sound dark and riveting goes down immediately in my good books.
Having become immediately obsessed with 'I Am Sold' (I could probably listen to the 3 seconds of him singing 'and we lay nocturnal' for at least a week straight, even if the rest of song wasn't equally as gorgeous), I did end up neglecting some of the album's other gems for a couple of days. But one thing I couldn't ignore was 'Take A Fall For Me', featuring verses by RZA of Wu-Tang Clan (some would say RZA aka Wu-Tang Clan.) "RZA on a James Blake song?!" (I hear you cry) "Surely RZA sticks out like a sore thumb?" Ah but he doesn't, my friends. He blends like a tropical fruit smoothie and the result is the sweet, sweet tones of Eden.
'I heard through the grapevine that great love, it takes time
Sex shapes the body, truth shapes the mind'