The Glass Bead Game

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  • Summary: The latest album for the British artist features singer Lavinia Blackwell, John Contreras on cello and Joolie Wood on violin.
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  1. The Glass Bead Game is the most forward-thinking and sublimely executed of James Blackshaw's releases to date.
  2. 90
    At the piano bench for the poignant ballad 'Fix' and the stunning, assured finale 'Arc,' Blackshaw makes you forget all about his guitar and your earthly cares.
  3. Mojo
    The Glass Bead Game sees him broadening his palette to even greater effect. [Aug 2009, p.96]
  4. Uncut
    Blackshaw creates multiple orchestral effects with his instrument alone, each strum resounding like multiple windchimes. [Aug 2009, p.87]
  5. He’s done it again with The Glass Bead Game, bringing other players and new noises into his sound that push his playing to new heights. As if his old heights weren’t high enough.
  6. He’s on his way to building a grand monument to the craft he and so many before him have lovingly treated; he just needs to make sure each marble block is absolutely pristine before putting it down.
  7. Parts of Litany were pretty but kind of dull, and The Glass Bead Game is similarly afflicted. Blackshaw’s easy development seems to have reached a plateau.

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