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In an ideal world James Blackshaw would be working here playing his guitar in the corner of the room from 9 til 5. Then we wouldn't have to listen to half the other gash that's released each week. Life would be better and I reckon I'd have a much calmer outlook on life. In the absence of him slaving away here for my sole pleasure I have to appease myself with the reasonably small amount of hi ...

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All Things Are From Him, Through Him And In Him by Brethren Of The Free Spirit
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9/10 Phil Staff review, 01 February 2008
In an ideal world James Blackshaw would be working here playing his guitar in the corner of the room from 9 til 5. Then we wouldn't have to listen to half the other gash that's released each week. Life would be better and I reckon I'd have a much calmer outlook on life. In the absence of him slaving away here for my sole pleasure I have to appease myself with the reasonably small amount of his recorded output. The newest addition to his family is an album by him & Jozef Wissem under the guise of Brethren Of The Free Spirit. 'All Things Are from Him, Through Him And In Him' is on new label Audiomer. Here we here have 4 tracks showcasing amazing guitar playing and musicianshipery. Blackshaw plays his usual 12 stringer and Van Willemz plays a 13 course baroque lute (whatever one of them is), electronics and Tennis Edits and together they make a rather special record. It's the 12 string guitar that carries this album from start to end with it's bright crispness.
It kicks off with a couple of typical suitably familiar Blackshaw tracks which totally are the business. The opener 'The Lifting Of The Veil' sounds very soundtracky indeed. Very emotive and it's perfectly complimented with Van Willemz lute. The title track is one of those cyclical guitar ragas which Blackshaw has seemed to master pretty quickly. It's vintage sounding gear and if you ask me is one of the finest pieces of music I've heard in a while. In fact I think it's the best thing I've heard him do since 'Sunshrine' (my favourite tune he's done).
'How The Enencombered Soul Advises' is a dark piece of music which is as claustrophobic as it is sleazy. It makes me think of dark alleys full of tramp juice filled men wavering their filth bodies surrounded by scraggy death cats..... It's a dark piece of music with cats miaowing in the background (oddly enough). If you're interested the cat is called Bun Bun.
Then it all ends with 'In Him Is No Sin' which is more cyclical loveliness complimented with some warm electronics and that lute thing again. Works a right proper treat and the two together seem to have developed some musical chemistry.
Put simply this album is really good. 4 tracks oozing with passion and emotion. Stick with it as it just gets better and better... BTW Mr. Blackshaw, it's 6.50 an hour plus 'benefits'

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