Customer Reviews for

Overgrown

Average Rating 5
( 1 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(1)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 5 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1
  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2013

    I Also Recommend:

    It¿s not a banger, but then again, when has James Blake ever pro

    It’s not a banger, but then again, when has James Blake ever produced a banger?




    For the majority of his career now, James Blake has been making expansive, dub-influenced soundscapes that usually feature his trembling tenor or the voice of someone else. Some call it “post-dubstep” and some call it “bass music.” But overall there’s one thing people seem to agree with: James Blake is a genius. Even the detractors for his first album (which are few and far between) recognize that Blake’s experimentation has changed the electronic music landscape forever. Artists from Jessie Ware to Drake have been influenced by his music and the reception shows that. According to Metacritic, there were no bad review for James Blake. The reception was overwhelmingly positive and there were only a few (7) mixed reviews. So with this kind of influence coming from a debut, how does James Blake’s sophomore LP hold up?




    Wonderfully. From the somber introduction of “Overgrown” to the mostly-dub “Digital Lion,” Blake ups the ante in almost every single way. The lyricism on this album is subtly complex. While most know Blake for his hypnotic vocal repetition, Blake sets beyond that threshold on this album, giving his lyrics more depth and volume. On “I Am Sold,” he sings “We lay nocturnal/speculate what we feel” and on “DLM” he sings passionately about a relationship growing cold with distance. For a second album, Overgrown demonstrates remarkable improvement, the kind of improvement and depth that only a few artists (namely Drake, Bonobo and Tinashe) have achieved within electronic R&B. The way that Blake both subtly and overtly infuses the dub elements of his previous EPs into this albums ballads is unparalleled in the industry at this point. I can only think of one other electronic artist who has show this kind of initiative and improvement album-to-album and that artist is the excellent Flying Lotus. On this LP, the comparisons can be taken further as each of these artists have taken influences from instrumental hip-hop and modern jazz. Songs like “To The Last” evoke comparisons to Jamie xx as it uses some of his production motifs like steel drums and R&B influenced drum beats. The soaring vocals on most of these tracks have very little autotune on them (as opposed to the first album) and are better for it. The vocals on this are evocative and beautiful, showcasing Blake to be an even better vocalist than James Blake and Enough Thunder led us to believe. The harmonies on songs like “Our Love Comes Back” are sweetly melancholy and almost magical. 




    In general, this album is almost perfect. Despite some tracks being subtly repetitious (by some I mean one, that one being “Voyeur”), the drum arrangements and moving synths give them (it) enough energy to warrant multiple listens.

    Was this review helpful? Yes  No   Report this review
Sort by: Showing 1 review with 5 star rating   See All Ratings
Page 1 of 1