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James Blackshaw - All Is Falling

  by Jamie Rowland

published: 9 / 7 / 2010



James Blackshaw - All Is Falling
Label: Young God Records
Format: CD

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Breathtakingly orchestral ninth album from guitarist/pianist James Blackshaw, which finds him playing with a twelve-string electric guitar rather than its usual acoustic counterpart


'All is Falling' is guitarist/pianist James Blackshaw’s 9th studio album, and his second on Michael Gira’s Young God Records after last year’s 'The Glass Bead Game'. On this new album, Blackshaw moves away from his more usual acoustic twelve-string and picks up its electric counterpart. While there are of course many similarities between the compositions on 'The Glass Bead Game' and this new album, on 'All is Falling' Blackshaw expands his sound to create genuinely breathtaking orchestral pieces. The album is split across eight parts, building as it goes in cinematic movements, until it finally reaches its peak in part 7, then slowly brings you back down to earth through it’s eighth and final track. This is mood music as its best; instrumental pieces but by no means background music – 'All is Falling' demands your attention, and undoubtedly will grab it tightly. Buy this record, stick it on your hi-fi, crank up the volume, close your eyes and let Blackshaw’s amazingly beautiful pieces work their magic



Track Listing:-
1 Part 1
2 Part 2
3 Part 3
4 Part 4
5 Part 5
6 Part 6
7 Part 7
8 Part 8


Label Links:-
http://younggodrecords.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/YoungGodTube



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