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Blake - Blake


Review by Jack Foley

IndieLondon Rating: 3 out of 5

THE Internet is a fertile breeding ground for new music acts and record companies must be sweating slightly. Some of the biggest acts of the moment have started out by generating a massive online following, usually on sites like MySpace.

Well, classical singers Blake can lay claim to being the first group ever to be signed having formed on Facebook.

They’re comprised of ex-choristers Dom, Jules, Steve and Olly and they possess a shared a love of singing and a few mutual friends.

Before long they’d formed a classical group with the intention of becoming bigger than Il Divo – and the first steps towards that goal come in the form of this self-titled debut album, which features well-known and loved classics such as Moon River, God Only Knows (The Beach Boys), I’ll Make Love to You (performed in Spanish), Hallelujah (Jeff Buckley) and Swing Low, their version of which became the official anthem of the Rugby World Cup this year.

Contrary to my expectation, a lot of the album works very well – but crucially, not during the most obvious moments.

Renditions of classics such as Moon River and God Only Knows seem like easy choices designed to bring quick success and easy advertising picks. But they’ve been done so many times before that there’s nothing really notable about them.

Likewise, the songs Hallelujah and Swing Low.

The album works best during the surprise moments, such as their stirring reworking of the theme from Gladiator (In Paradisum), or their take on the Vangelis composition 1492: Conquest of Paradise – a piece of music I’m sure you’ll know once you hear it.

The same can be said for another memorable classic piece that often crops up in films, Vide Cor Meum – although I’ll let you try and guess which ones!

Whether Blake can become bigger than Il Divo remains to be seen – but they certainly have talent and a passion for their craft that’s often inspiring.

And if they avoid over-stocking their albums with too many easy selections, then they could easily emerge as a very classy act with something worthwhile to offer.

Download picks: Vide Cor Meum, In Paradisum, I’ll Make Love to You, 1492: Conquest of Paradise

Track listing:

  1. Yo Te Voy A Amar (I’ll Make Love To You)
  2. In Paradisium (Gladiator)
  3. Moon RIver
  4. 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise
  5. God Only Knows
  6. I Knew I Loved You
  7. Hallelujah
  8. Ashokan Farewell
  9. Celebration
  10. Vide Cor Meum
  11. Swing Low
  12. E Sara Cosi
  13. Jerusalem
  14. Toglimi Il Respiro
  15. In The Bleak Midwinter

  1. I disagree. I think that the album works well due to the fact that it is different throughout. Their unique sound puts a different spin on the old classic pop songs.
    It is a joy to listen to and is one of my favourite albums of the moment.

    C D Morrison    Nov 11    #