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I Tell A Fly

Benjamin Clementine

I Tell A Fly

Second album from London-born poet and singer-songwriter following up his Mercury Prize-winning debut At Least for Now

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  1. 10.0 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    Defining what it means to be an artist, in a day and age when it feels like every possible idea has been exhausted
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  2. 8.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    He is a rare talent that we must cherish and allow to scratch what ever creative itch he wishes to. With I Tell a Fly, Clementine proves he is indeed an artist of extraordinary ability
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  3. 8.1 |   Gig Soup

    The album is soulful, haunting, oozing with intelligent songwriting, and as Clementine says on ‘Ave Dreamer’, “that’s about it really”
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  4. 8.0 |   Q

    Anyone expecting an album of unchallenging fodder is in for a shock. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Follow Clementine's muse, and the pay-off is huge. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Supremely confident as it is poetically singular, it's evidence that BC's vision will see him through the long haul. Print edition only

  7. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    Though the second half drags, Benjamin Clementine's I Tell a Fly demands repeat listens, and promises sustained delight
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  8. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Its lack of regard for Anglo-American convention make all else sound rather taupe
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  9. 8.0 |   The FT

    A mixed set of influences is corralled into an album that is themed around displacement
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  10. 8.0 |   The Independent

    With its classical and avant-garde stylings and Clementine’s sometimes queasily operatic delivery, I Tell A Fly won’t be to everyone’s taste – which in this era of increasing conformity may be its most valuable asset
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  11. 8.0 |   Clash

    By turns thought provoking, musically challenging and genre defying but perhaps more importantly, it imbues a sense of uniqueness that suggests you can’t imagine anyone else making it
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  12. 8.0 |   Under The Radar

    It's easy to call someone a singular talent, but with Clementine it's not hyperbole. He simply is
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  13. 8.0 |   music OMH

    That rare thing; the work of a true original who values artistic expression above all else
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  14. 8.0 |   All Music

    Following his debut, it was anyone's guess where Clementine might go next, but after I Tell a Fly, it's probably best to expect the unexpected
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  15. 7.0 |   God Is In The TV

    He’s risked alienating himself by increasing his anti-pop traits further and that is something that’s very admirable and brave
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  16. 7.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    Clementine’s music, like his voice, is distinctive and peculiar
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  17. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Benjamin Clementine is going to continue doggedly down his own path, regardless of how many people follow him
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  18. 6.0 |   DIY

    Moments of genius gradually reveal themselves
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  19. 6.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    It has moments of brilliance; moments when Clementine would benefit from some restraint; but there are never any moments that are remotely ordinary
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