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Album Review

The classically trained quartet of boys known as Blake released their second album in the autumn of 2008 and found the market virtually unchanged since their debut the previous year. And So It Goes performed almost identically in the charts as the album Blake, peaking at number 14 without the need for a hit single but featuring a second set of classical-pop crossover songs. Opening with the light orchestral track "Look to the Mountains" (which just hinted at the beautiful harmonies the boys can perform, almost in the background as an afterthought) and closing with Sancta Maria from the opera Cavalleria Rusticana, And So It Goes was, like Blake before it, a mixture of traditional classical arias and classic MOR pop songs, although this time around relying considerably more on the latter category. The pop-oriented titles included covers of Snow Patrol's mega-airplay hit "Chasing Cars," Katie Melua's "Closest Thing to Crazy," and Joe Cocker's "Up Where We Belong," which was the only film-related title in the set, a genre that had been more prevalent on their debut. This pop category also included versions of "Time to Say Goodbye," originally by Sarah Brightman and Andrea Bocelli, and the title track written by Billy Joel and originally appearing on his Storm Front album in 1989. All of these tracks were sung in perfect harmony but almost too perfectly, thereby lacking any sense of drama that had been present with the originals. Blake had already recorded the song "Hallelujah," originally by Leonard Cohen, on their debut album. Had they not done so, it would have fit easily on And So It Goes and the timing may have improved the album's performance, too, the song holding down both the number one and two positions on the singles chart at Christmas 2008, courtesy of Alexandra Burke and Jeff Buckley. A third harmonic and relaxing version by Blake could potentially have been a big hit as well. Soon after the release of And So It Goes, founding member Dominic Tighe announced he was leaving the band to return to his acting career. Stephen Bowman, Jules Knight, and Oliver Baines, the remaining members of Blake, advertised on both Facebook and Twitter for a replacement and recruited Humphrey "Barney" Berney in time for their first live gigs early in 2009.

Customer Reviews

The Perfect Blend

This album is a perfect blend of classical meets pop. Blake have a unique blend that allow them to tackle material beyond that of the classical genre. Each arrangement is perfectly suited to each members individual talent. Their warm, rich tones make this a wonderful album to relax to. Overall a beautiful second album.

Wow

All I can say is wow. Blake have totally excelled themselves with this second offering. The album shows real variation and flexibility, swinging from core classical to pop, whilst staying true to the stylistic needs of the material. Each voice is showcased perfectly to celebrate its various strengths, whilst also celebratng Blake's unique talents in its perfect synergy as a foursome. It makes bold choices and revels in it's unparallelled sound quality and unwavering musical success. This is a HIT ALBUM showcasing a new sound the like of which hasn't been heard for years.

What a fab 4 guys

This album sounds just as pure as the last one. I really like the crossover songs, as they have kept the spirit of the song, despite it being more of a classical vocal mix. Would like to hear something different though. Something more powerful to show off their voices. Anyway, I'm lucky enough to be seeing them when they come to my City with Katherine Jenkins in December! See that underwear fly across the stage!

Biography

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

A classical crossover vocal group that gained initial recognition given their formation on Facebook, Blake acquired broader attention in 2007 when they were tapped to be featured on "World in Union," the official theme song of the England rugby team ahead of that year's Rugby World Cup. Members Ollie Banes (tenor), Jules Knight (baritone), Dom Tighe (baritone), and Stephen Bowman (bass/baritone) found their voices -- as it were -- at a house party after connecting online. The group used their success...
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