My review of James Blake’s “Limit to Your Love” on 10″…

Big Black Disk

I’ve been meaning to write this review for a long time.  I covered James Blake’s self-titled album for Positive Feedback last year (link HERE) and it was a sincere pleasure hearing something that fresh.  It’s sparse, darkly tinted soundscapes are wide-open and airy.  Blake’s vocals are so unique, the timbre of his voice is unike any I’ve heard.  What a precious thing, finding an artist that sounds new!  It was also difficult to quantify his album.  That was part of its mystique.  Many called it dubstep, some drum-n-bass, some refused to try and encapsulate it.  I sometimes think of the full album as our generations electronic Donny Hathaway.  Now, before you get all Hathaway-devotee on my ass, know that I’m not trying to compare Blake’s songwriting and performing abilities to the pure genuis that was Donny Hathaway.  I just found great similarity in their use of space to convey emotion…

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