Album of the Week: Elijah Blake – 'Shadows & Diamonds'
Mon, 22 Jun 2015 15:22:11
In-demand songwriter steps up to the mic with phenomenal debut album 'Shadows & Diamonds.'
Elijah Blake scores Album of the Week with Shadows & Diamonds [ARTium Records/Def Jam]. The record heralds the arrival of a new kind of R&B superstar too. The Dominican Republic-born Blake co-wrote Usher's "Climax," and he's been behind hits for Rick Ross and Rihanna. However, he takes the songwriting acumen on Shadows & Diamonds and transforms it into 14 unique and undeniable gems. He manages to confidently stride two schools of thought for the genre. At times, Shadows & Diamonds gets otherworldly, keeping with the modern sonic delivery of The Weeknd and Miguel, blasting to outer space. At other moments, he kicks it old school channeling Prince through wailing guitars and head-nodding instrumentation. It's a mix that always yields something distinct and different for Blake and will ultimately elevate him to the top of the genre.
Shadows & Diamonds weaves together an intriguing sonic narrative right from the moment it starts. The opener and title track welcomes listeners into Blake's embrace with hypnotic haziness punctuated by the shimmering delivery.
Listen To "Shadows & Diamonds"
"Everyday" and "I Just Wanna..." see him strut his vocal talents, spanning the range from sizzling to striking. Flaunting that charisma and charm makes Shadows & Diamonds feel so singular. "Uno" defies categorization all together, while every element still works in tandem to create a sexy, slick banger.
Listen To "Uno"
The same could be said for the love letter of "Drop Dead Beautiful." Blake continually surprises with each next musical movement, giving Shadows & Diamonds true shine.
Listen To Drop "Dead Beautiful"