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CD Review – James Blackshaw

All is Falling

Young God Records

James Blackshaw is truly unique. His new, largely instrumental album is like watching the color swirls when you are looking at the Windows Media Player on your computer. Pop this in and all of the swirls of instrumentation, cresendos and decresendos and occasional vocal activity will come to life visually. It’s the only way to see the beautiful and meditative music that Blackshaw creates. It takes some patience to listen to because the songs are not really songs at all (especially in the radio friendly sense). Each track is called “Part 1,” “Part 2,” etc. all the way to “Part 8.” The album climaxes at the nearly 12-minute, cinematic and orchestral “Part 7.” Blackshaw won’t get any radio play with this album, but anybody who truly understands music will love this album.

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