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Get The Blessing
ReleaseProduct
Lope and Antilope
Label
Naim Classics
Catalogue Number
NAIMCD199
Release Date
19 January 2014

The Guardian: Get the Blessing have won their share of prizes over a six-year career that has produced four good albums, but if there were an award for doing more with less, and doing so with a deadpan sense of humour, then the Portishead-spawned jazz-rock band would be runaway favourites. Their strategy is a jazz horn sound derived from Ornette Coleman's unruly sax/trumpet harmonies, laid over the hooks and backbeats of rock – and here they do it with even more laid-back nonchalance than usual, and a wider sweep of sound effects. The ghostly mewing of a theremin is invoked by Jake McMurchie's sax tone on the opening Quiet, over Adrian Utley's guitar hook and the soft slap of new Radiohead recruit Clive Deamer's jazzy brushwork. Little Ease features Pete Judge's long trumpet calls over a crunching rock vamp, the pumping Corniche gets close to Sons of Kemet territory with its tuba-like riffs, Antilope sees Judge in electric-Miles mode, and Viking Death Moped pounds on like Thus Spake Zarathustra played by the band that cut the theme to The Killing. Trope is a distorted lament, Lope a barging Latin dance. It's probably their best album yet, and the titles aren't bad either.

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  1. 1 Quiet 5:59 Get The Blessing Buy
  2. 2 Little Ease 4:21 Get The Blessing Buy
  3. 3 Corniche 5:33 Get The Blessing Buy
  4. 4 Antilope 4:10 Get The Blessing Buy
  5. 5 Luposcope 3:09 Get The Blessing Buy
  6. 6 Viking Death Moped 2:37 Get The Blessing Buy
  7. 7 Hope (For the Moment) 4:35 Get The Blessing Buy
  8. 8 Trope 3:11 Get The Blessing Buy
  9. 9 Lope 4:29 Get The Blessing Buy
  10. 10 Numbers 3:08 Get The Blessing Buy

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