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2011 EP, the follow-up to the British electronic artist's successful self-titled debut album. Alongside four original compositions are a cover of Joni Mitchells' 'A Case of You' and James' collaboration with Bon Iver. The remaining four pieces of music are solely James Blake compositions with Blake handling the writing, instrumentation, vocals and production for the tracks.
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"Enough Thunder" (6 tracks; 26 min.) continues the electronic minimalist sound of earlier releases, and to great effect. The opening track "Once We All Agree" is the first of several piano-based tracks on here (albeit with plenty other stranger sounds). "We Might Feel Unsound" is probably my favorite track on here, entirely electronic, and with interesting underlying pulses. "Fall Creek Buys Choir" is a new track co-written and co-performed with Justin Vernin (a/k/a Bon Iver), and I'm quite sure you've never heard Bon Iver like this, it's yet miles further away than their recent self-titled is from "For Emma"). As is the custom for James Blake, he includes a cover on this release as well, namely Joni Mitchell's "A Case Of You" (from her "Blue" album"), but Blake transposes the singer/guitar setting to a singer/piano setting. Other than changing it from guitar to piano, it is a surprisingly straight take on the song, and not my favorite moment on this release (this track was originally recorded for a BBC 1 show earlier this year). "Not Long Now" is probably the most "traditional", as in: electronic/chill sounding track on here. This release concludes with the title track, and again is just Blake and his piano.
In all, I quite like this release (don't call it an "EP", as it's only 12 min. shorter than the album released earlier this year, how about a "mini-album?), even though it is not quite as strong as the debut album, which surely will end up high on my "Albums of the Year" list. Blake has done some sporadic touring of the US this year, but unfortunately I did not get a chance to see him live. Can't wait for that opportunity at some point. Meanwhile "Enough Thunder" is a good addition to/companion to the stellar debut album from earlier this year. Looking forward to what James Blake will bring us next.
That's definitely something to love about James Blake. He manages to produce a wonderful "space" in his music. One minute the music is phasing his electronic rhodes and auto-tuned voice in all directions then two tracks later he is singing a cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You." Dude has range! Some standout tracks are:
1. "Once We All Agree" - Repetitious lyrics and chords. This is a song that, when in the right state of mind, one can become completely lost.
2. "We Might Feel Unsound" - Again, Blake doesn't stray from repetition but this time it has more of a pulse. The tone is a new extention of the previous track with tight drums answering to one another.
4. "A Case of You" - A big favorite of fans and Blake alike, this is a fantastic cover of Blake's favorite artist Joni Mitchell. He sings beautifully and with such conviction.
James Blake clearly creates the music that he wants to make. There are no outside influences twisting his sound into something more palatable, consumable, or sellable. If you enjoyed Blake's first album then give this one a chance. Don't be so swift to shut it out. And remember, keep your ears open!
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