Cameron Blake “Fear Not” (Independent 2107)

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.

Author: Michael Farley

Living in North London allows me access to many great music venues so I can get to see as many Americana and Bluegrass (yes I love Bluegrass!) acts as I can. My other passion is football and I follow the North London team with the Cockerel as it's badge. Thankfully I have a fantastic wife who shares these obsessions or else I would probably be single by now!

1 thought on “Cameron Blake “Fear Not” (Independent 2107)”

  1. I am sorry that Mr. Farley cannot get excited about a CD that I cannot stop playing. I am reminded of the fact that, in the early days, “Rolling Stone Magazine” could never really get into Led Zeppelin, either. Cameron Blake’s songs may not be the type of music you are likely to hear on pop radio, but this is in part due to his brilliant lyricism and a depth of musicianship that makes the typical pop song seem like thin, tasteless gruel in comparison. I urge you to listen to Blake yourself and see if you are not drawn irresistibly into his whirlpool of romance and social conscience. “Moonlight in a Jar” is one of the most beautiful songs you will ever hear, and it cries out for a cover version from Andra Day, who is the only other singer I can think of who could do it justice.

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