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James Blake: “Tell Her Safe” (Klavierwerke, R&S 2010)

Klavierwerke was the 3rd of James Blake’s trio of EPs in 2010, before he released his full-length album the following year. It’s remarkable how good this one is, especially compared to the more typical crooner / songwriter schtick he unveiled on his album. What happened??? I can appreciate the desire for a wider audience and for more immediate songs, but I hope he comes back around to this stranger palette of sounds. Sadly, I worry that like Jamie Lidell before him, his most unusual and, to me, interesting material may be behind him…