James Blackshaw/The Glass Bead Game/ReviewThis album is beautiful, bringing all that weÂ’ve come to expect from Mr Blackshaw, flighty twelve string pieces followed by melancholy dalliances on the piano
Narc Magazine (UK)
06 / 02 / 2009
James Blackshaw – The Glass Bead Game
5 of 5
by Matthew Bovingdon
For those of you not already in the solo acoustic guitar hot tub, now might
be the perfect time to jump in. There’s more than the one creep in there
beaconing you over but not so many that it resembles 70’s jacuzzi porn with
some moustachioed guy who offers you a martini then expects you to blow him.
Sorry went off point there for a moment. The point is that with
singer-songwriter hill now being a hotbed for mediocrity, now is the time
for talented musicians who let their instruments instead of their egos do
the talking to finally get the appreciation the deserve. This album is
beautiful, bringing all that we’ve come to expect from Mr Blackshaw, flighty
twelve string pieces followed by melancholy dalliances on the piano all
underpinned by that air of psych that has everyone so excited these days.
Awesome. However ten minute solo pieces may not be to everyone’s taste but I
urge you to at least give this a try, perhaps on your own, just before bed,
with a hot chocolate. I promised not to review anything higher or lower than
three when I started reviews but what hell, this deserves better than me.