‘He’s not a con­stituent, is he?’

So asks Luke ‘Ming’ Flana­gan of James Blake, hav­ing been less than com­pli­men­tary to­wards the lat­ter’s de­but al­bum. But what did our other first-time TDs make of the much-praised record? The sev­enth Al­bum Club is now in session. Ceann Comhairle Daragh Down

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - The Album Club -

MING FLANA­GAN hated James Blake on first lis­ten. “It was like some­one was mess­ing around with the for­ward and back­ward but­tons, that’s what it sounded like. In a bad way. I found it an­noy­ing. I found it hard to lis­ten to. I found it hard to get a place in the house where I could lis­ten to it where peo­ple weren’t com­plain­ing. And my eight-year-old daugh­ter will lis­ten to any­thing from Jed­ward to the Dead Kennedys to Joy Divi­sion.”

Ah, but did the al­bum creep up on him, dis­clos­ing its sub­tle charms on re­turn vis­its? “No. It didn’t get any bet­ter. I found it hard to lis­ten to. It was a chore. It re­ally was. I lis­tened to it ba­si­cally four times, but that was tor­ture.”

No re­deem­ing fea­tures at all? “No. I found it hard to dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween one song and an­other. They were all very sim­i­lar, the same type of thing with each one. He’s not a con­stituent, is he?”

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