Has it Leaked is not a download site. The young Brit proved that he had, above all else, one hell of a voice. A star is well and truly born. When he brought out At Least For Now, Benjamin Clementine made an entrance that was mad as hell and at the same time very much reserved. On Jupiter, Clementine surfs on a relaxed pop, whereas on One Awkward Fish, he lets loose, mixing the sound of a harpsichord with funky, minimalist drums. It is hard not to think of Nina Simone, for example, when one hears the grain in Clementine's voice and his connection with the piano. Users who ignore this rule will be banned from the site.
No less mercurial, I Tell a Fly is if anything even harder to define. He is as charismatic a figure as those on whose shoulders he stands. A great aficionado of Maria Callas, but also of Léo Ferré and Jacques Brel, Clementine is also a fine raconteur. This first album was a solid, demanding effort, especially in terms of the musical styles whose boundaries it confounded with a sweep of the hand. Jazz, Electro, Classical, World music.
Even the instrumentation here alternates between the nakedness of a solo piano and the power of a violin section. And so we will let ourselves be carried away by his storytelling. It was a voice worthy of Nina Simone, to whom he was quickly compared. . A strong personality behind a tightly-controlled piano, who impressed and took one's breath away. It is strictly forbidden to share links to albums via file sharing sites Zippyshare, Torrent, Kingdom Leaks etc.
In short, a work of its time interwoven with timeless instruments. With additional backing from the likes of Zane Lowe and Lauren Laverne — plus dates supporting Cat Power and Tune-Yards — Clementine will confirm further single and live plans shortly. Jazz, Electro, Classical, World music. That's just one of the many wide strides that mark out this album. Jazz, soul, folk, blues and pop: At Least for Now makes no distinctions, eschewing labels because it is confident of its own vision. More theatrical than before, this is a record that takes the world by storm - an album solidly on top of its game. Jazz, soul, folk, blues, classical or pop, Benjamin Clementine doesn't discriminate, preferring to play a stateless kind of music, alternating between the nudity of a simple piano and the fulsomeness of a violin section.
Demanding, and above all stunning. It is the strong, demanding work of a true voice, literally and figuratively. But she is also there in his relationships to the musical styles which he mixes and matches with charm and ease. . . . .
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