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Sunday, January 16, 2011

Bare: James Blake's cover of Feist's "Limit to Your Love."

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A good song is like meeting a fascinating person for the first time.  It only takes a few seconds to decide that you want to get to know him or her; you want to continue on with the conversation.  It only takes a few bars of notes for me to fall in love with James Blake’s cover version of Feist’s “Limit to Your Love.”  The original version is always the best, and do listen to Feist’s original and more wordy version; however, James Blake version cannot be considered a cover but a reinterpretation of a great song. Instead of covering the entire song, James Blake took only a few lines from the original and opted to remove some, in the process, creating a more stripped down version.  His version captured an emaciated love, totally wanting.  Nothing but the same lines repeated over and over again. He also cut the song in brief silences that would give its listener a false assumption that the song has ended.  Now, who can’t relate to that? We thought our relationship is heading to an end, and then it starts again, then ends abruptly. Blake’s version runs a mere 3 minutes and 18 seconds, appropriately brief and leaving its listeners to want more. 

The video, skillfully directed by Martin de Thurah, complements the song.  James Blake’s performance in the video is bare, his voice refusing to neither leap in melodramtic emotions nor drown in saccharine morbidity.

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“The Limit to Your Love" (written by Feist and Jason "Gonzales" Charles Beck) from Feist’s  third album “The Reminder” 

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