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Perry Blake - Songs For Someone

Perry Blake - Songs For Someone
Model: CD
Beschikbaarheid: OP VOORRAAD
Prijs: € 9,50 (EUR)
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CD: NV51152
LABEL: Naïve

01. We Are Not Stars
02. When I'm Over You
03. Lies, Lies, Lies
04. The Fox In The Winter
05. Ava
06. Songs For Someone
07. You're Not Alone
08. Native New Yorker
09. Tropic Of Cancer
10. Travelling
11. We Couldn't Decide
12. The End Of The Affair
13. Coming Home

When Perry Blake released his first, eponymously-titled, album with Polydor in 1998 there was a buzz of expectation in industry circles. Here was a rare package: an articulate songwriter with an exceptional melodic sense who understood, instinctively, the art of constructing a pop song. Citing influences as various as European cabaret, west coast funk, and 60's & 70's film scores (especially Burt Bacharach and Scott Walker), Blake compiled a collection of songs that uplifted with their melodic hooks as much as they saddened with their glimpses into the damaged or disappointed lives of his characters. And so to 2004. The new studio album "Songs For Someone" promises something quite special again: a new authority in songwriting, coupled with a sound that seems to incorporate the freshness and pop sensibility of the first album, with the organic texture and depth of "California". The new songs bristle with an excitement and immediacy that demand attention. It has always been difficult to find a box to put Blake's music in, but with "Songs For Someone" he has made a record that is instantly recognisable as Perry Blake. Initial listening may give the impression of a more upbeat sound, but this album works in a very subtle way. Beneath the accomplished and confident surface lies the old cast of characters - the loners, the lost, the defeated lovers, who drift through the songs like actors in old monochrome movies. The "Songs For Someone" of the title is not so much a place as a mood, or an emotional state, which keeps them going; keeps them dreaming. The songs are all the more affecting because the lyrics and mood often subvert the musical arrangements and production. Established fans will not be disappointed. They may, however, have to make space for a new legion of admirers, because "Songs For Someone" seems certain to change Perry Blake's status as one of Europe's best kept musical secrets.

Influences / Similar Artists:
David Sylvian, Burt Bacharach, Nick Drake, Scott Walker


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