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- Holly EP by James Blackshaw
9/10 Clinton Staff review, 11 November 2011
James Blackshaw has been remarkably prolific since last time I looked. There again I'm horribly out of touch. Phil has just told me that you don't have to type 'www' out on the internet any more. Since when did this happen? On the A side the title track starts off with picked harp/celeste type sound before Blackshaw's complex fingerpicked guitar takes over.
The track undulates throughout with piano and viola being added to the mix. Controversial as it may be I could be tempted to say that I like the B side even more. The first part is a lovely captivating solo guitar instrumental with a wonderful rising and falling melody. Stunning. After a brief lull he introduces a little melodica into the mix but is similarly gorgeous in both melody and execution. The most stunning example of 12 string guitar plucking you could imagine. And if you want it to really sound good - try playing it at 45rpm instead of 33rpm as I did - its bloody amazing at that speed. Finally, Phil stalks James Blackshaw on Facebook and tells me that James recently married his wife 'Holly', hence the title. All together now, 'awwwwwwwwww'.
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