Benjamin Clementine - 'I Tell A Fly'

8/10

Back in 2015, Benjamin Clementine released his debut studio album 'At Least For Now'. A record that remained firmly a cult favourite until the frontman scooped the Mercury Music Prize for it later in the year, thrusting all manner of attention onto his strange works. But now two years have passed, and with next to no build-up for it, Clementine returns with a vastly different follow-up in the form of 'I Tell A Fly'.

The most striking difference between these two albums is most certainly the sonic sound of them both. While 'At Least For Now' was filled with largely irreverent piano ballads, 'I Tell A Fly' sees him stretch his creative wings and add an eclectic production style to his sound, giving this release a far more diverse direction. His unique style of singing seems to be the one constant from both LPs, but this new collection definitely still manages to rekindle the same unusual disposition of his first full-length.

As far as trying to follow up such a memorable debut goes, Clementine has executed this release in near perfect fashion. A clear evolution has taken place within his songwriting and will still manage to impress those that loved his original work.

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