This is a very thoughtful and in some respects mystical album from Cameron Blake a classically trained music scholar now resident in Michigan. The album consists of twelve songs all written by Blake who is also the co-producer here. The tracks cover a wide subject range and lyrics are clever and sensitive. The album kicks off with the title track Fear Not featuring Blake on piano with viola, cello and upright bass accompaniment and strings. A love song of sorts the song is finished with choir backing the classical training of the artist clearly coming through.
To show that he can mix it up Queen Bee is a slightly schizophrenic fast paced piece with a hint of the 1920’s about it. Possibly the best song on show is Tiananmen Square a piece about the famous “tank man” of the 1989 event – if you don’t know about him do Google it – it really is an iconic image of the time. There is also homage to the late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in the song of the same name.
The album is nicely put together and there is clearly deep musical knowledge and talent on show but whilst you have a feeling of really wanting to like the CD it is, in reality hard to get excited about as a whole or indeed in respect of any of the individual tracks.