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  • Summary: The latest album from the James Blackshaw finds the guitarist using a nylon six-string guitar instead of his usual 12-string steel guitar.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. May 16, 2012
    90
    Love is the Plan, The Plan is Death, perhaps Blackshaw's most lucid and rawest effort to date, explores the effects and possibilities of repetition, plunging deep into a humility that suggests the movements of this process of refinement.
  2. May 16, 2012
    79
    [Blackshaw's] playing carries some of the echoes of his ornate 12-string flourishes, but here there is a grittier edge, with bent notes and the audible sound of his fingers sliding on the strings, his winding melodies casting out concentric smoke rings that call to mind Ben Chasny's acoustic work in Six Organs of Admittance.
  3. May 16, 2012
    70
    Love Is The Plan sits just fine alongside his other records. [May 2012, p.67]
  4. Jul 2, 2012
    70
    While this isn't a mainstream record, it's perhaps Blackshaw at his most accessible.
  5. Jul 24, 2012
    70
    It always feels uncomfortably like being trapped in someone's else's headspace. [Jul 2012, p.68]
  6. May 16, 2012
    65
    Even if they are more refined, they may still sound very much like what Blackshaw has given us before.
  7. Jul 18, 2012
    60
    Whilst this is a lovely, well-made album, nothing separates it from countless other acoustic folk recordings.