Out Her Space

Album Review of Out Her Space by Karl Blau.

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Out Her Space

Karl Blau

Out Her Space by Karl Blau

Release Date: Nov 17, 2017
Record label: Bella Union
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

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Out Her Space - Very Good, Based on 3 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

When Bella Union issued Introducing Karl Blau in 2016, it was in actuality anything but; he had been making records for 20 years. Produced by Tucker Martine, who assembled it as a showcase for Blau's voice, it was his 21st album, populated with gloriously sung and arranged country covers by Tom T. Hall, Don Gibson, Townes Van Zandt, Waylon Jennings, and more.

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Record Collector - 80
Based on rating 4/5
80

When Bella Union released Introducing Karl Blau in 2016, it was anything but. Not only had the Washington resident been releasing records for nigh on 20 years, a collection of lush cover versions of Nashville country soul was anything but a true intro to his output. Out Her Space ditches the stetson for a rollocking mishmash of Afro-pop, funk, soul, jazz, prog and pretty much anything else lying around the recording studio.

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The Line of Best Fit - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

Blau's reverberated chords reach farther afield. Like an estuary, different forces intermingle in harmony flowing in and out of the microcosm into the larger body of Blau's sound. Combining the personal with the political whilst transgressing the rigidity of genre through fusion of country, afrobeat, funk and jazz, Out Her Space retains a cohesiveness despite the illusion usually suggested of Blau as having little.

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