Liam Blake - You And Other Stories

Published Wednesday 13th July 2011
Liam Blake - You And Other Stories
Liam Blake - You And Other Stories

STYLE: Roots/Acoustic
RATING 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 115381-18175
LABEL: Helium HECD006
FORMAT: CD Album
ITEMS: 1
RELEASE DATE: 2011-07-18

Reviewed by Lins Honeyman

This year has seen singer/songwriter Liam burst onto the scene with an unequivocally strong debut album which, in addition to summer festival appearances at Greenbelt and Glastonbury, points towards a promising future for the Somerset songsmith. BBC broadcaster Phil Jupitus recently described Blake's voice as "achingly lovely" and the same goes for the man's remarkably mature writing skills. Containing a wealth of well-crafted melodic songs, this release features gems like the wonderful Prefab Sprout-like "Heart And Soul" whilst Blake straddles different styles from the folky opener "For Your Sake" to the bluegrass-tinged "I Felt Alive" to keep proceedings fresh. Elsewhere, songs like "Tell Me Beth, Do You Recall?" and "Simon" showcase the canny production skills of Chris Hughes (Paul McCartney, Adam And The Ants, Tears For Fears) and Mark Frith (Electric Soft Parade) and their involvement undoubtedly gives Blake a head start in terms of having his songs presented in such high quality fashion. Most definitely a mainstream release, there are a few references to God - albeit discrete ones - with "Feather" enigmatically telling of the writer's heavenly Father and the tender closing track "Sinners And Saints" seeing Blake call upon God to save his soul. A hugely satisfying debut from an artist who has it all ahead of him.

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Sample Track Listing:
1. For Your Sake [Listen]
2. Heart And Soul [Listen]
3. Feather [Listen]
4. Coming Or Going [Listen]
5. Rush [Listen]
6. Tell Me Beth, Do You Recall- [Listen]
7. Simon [Listen]
8. Gypsy Fireflies [Listen]
9. Show Me The Way To The Sun [Listen]
10. I Felt Alive [Listen]
11. Sinners And Saints [Listen]

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Reader Comments

Posted by Rachael Davies in Yorkshire @ 12:26 on Dec 31 2015

I've recently discovered Liam and watch him regularly at a venue in Lythm where he performs every week. I have his first record and just love it. I've heard him perform tracks from his new album and it promises to be fab! I especially love a song called Big Yellow Moon. His live performances are wonderful and he's always so lovely to talk to and very humble whenever he receives compliments from his audiences (which I've noticed is often!) I find his music so uplifting and the messages in his songs are always thought provoking and often inspiring. 11 out of 10 from me!



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