James Blake
Enough Thunder


2.5
average

Review

by ednights USER (5 Reviews)
October 17th, 2011 | 6 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Disappointing.

Blake's debut album was a disappointment.

There, I've said it. The Wilhelm Scream and Limit To Your Love are standout, beautiful tracks but the rest of the album failed to live up to the hype. It's with hope then, that 'Enough Thunder' arrives on the scene.

It's not long, though, before disappointment begins to set in. Again. This EP is essentially six rejected tracks from the album, a clear continuation of his previous material that doesn't meet expectations. At the core of the EP is A Case of You, originally by Joni Mitchell. The improvisatory feel of the vocal suits Blake's own style, but it lacks the warmth of the original. Then there's Fall Creek Boys Choir, the recent collaboration with Bon Iver - the result of which is a Bon Iver track being mangled by Blake's production machine. Framing these are four tracks filled with too much silence, grating autotune and emptiness. His experimental approach makes for an interesting yet difficult listen.

What frustrates most is that Blake has such potential. The reason Wilhelm Scream and Limit To Your Love work is that his unique style is set within a clear structure, allowing the listener to melt into his sonic world. Instead, this latest material is too abstract and fragmented, leaving the listener drowning in melancholic oblivion.


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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2011


31223 Comments


This would work better as a soundoff, you don't really describe anything

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Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2011


7026 Comments


Disappointing.

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PrewDelisek
October 18th 2011


42 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

What?

Irving
Staff Reviewer
October 18th 2011


7307 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Framing these are four tracks filled with too much silence, grating autotune and emptiness.

I don't think you can claim to get this genre of music if you make such a statement.

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RosaParks
October 18th 2011


14914 Comments


Really shit review

Aids
Contributing Reviewer
October 18th 2011


23848 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

when I saw this on the front page I wanted so badly for it to be a good review (point/counterpoint kind of thing). but it's not at all. barely even passable as a soundoff

someone should do a proper negative review for this though



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