Benjamin Clementine - I Tell A Fly
Critic Score
Based on 17 reviews
2017 Ratings: #389 / 725
User Score
Based on 123 ratings
2017 Ratings: #209
September 29, 2017 / Release Date
LP / Format
Barclay, Universal France / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

85
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.

81
GIGsoup
The album is soulful, haunting, oozing with intelligent songwriting.
80
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.

80
The Skinny

It may be best to say I Tell a Fly is an auditory theatrical experience that explores the quality of being alien.

80
Under The Radar
It's easy to call someone a singular talent, but with Clementine it's not hyperbole. He simply is.
80
musicOMH

It’s unlikely to make Clementine the chart topper or household name you feel he could potentially be, but I Tell A Fly is that rare thing; the work of a true original who values artistic expression above all else.

80
AllMusic

To call I Tell a Fly a difficult listen may be understating it, but within this madcap art-pop song cycle, which is purportedly about two flies in love, are some genuine payoffs for those with the patience to stick with it.

70
God Is in the TV
Rather than exploit the financial opportunities of having an accolade-paraded debut by churning out a cleaner version of the same product, he’s risked alienating himself by increasing his anti-pop traits further and that is something that’s very admirable and brave.
60
Loud and Quiet
An undoubtedly singular talent, ‘I Tell A Fly’ is impressive in its reach and aspirations. It has moments of brilliance; moments when Clementine would benefit from some restraint; but there are never any moments that are remotely ordinary.
60
The Guardian

Indeed, at the risk of sounding like one of those record company executives who caused him to threaten to go back to busking, you do wonder if I Tell a Fly might not be a shade too uncompromising for its own good. Clementine clearly has things to say about some important topics, and it’s hard not to think they might reach a wider audience if they were a little less obliquely presented.

60
DIY
It’s not an immediate album, but give a little time for the scattershot approach to sink in and moments of genius gradually reveal themselves.
50
The Needle Drop

British singer-songwriter Benjamin Clementine brings more bells and whistles on his sophomore album I Tell a Fly, but it's unfortunately a case of more being less.

MinatoArisato
70
A fun and charming record that is easy to enjoy.

Best Track: Jupiter
Worst Track: Paris Cor Blimey
MarkCooper
71
Check out my review

https://soulfeederweb.com/benjamin-clementine-i-tell-a-fly-album-review/
tha138
65
Lost in the sea of artistic vagueness, he is swimming stubbornly while watching the ships passing by without feeling the slightest need to call for help.
MasterCrackfox
75
Perhaps recognizable from his track on the Gorillaz new album (you’ll notice its absence as well; again, for good reason) featured on the track Hallelujah Money. Clementine brings his unique vocal style to an equally unique musical arrangement to create a genre defying, bold album that’s definitely worth your attention.
Doofy
80
I was left cold by Clementine's debut which made him come across as very proficient and talented...but a bit of a stage school style bore. This is far more interesting...I'll rephrase. This is bonkers.

Less chin stroke-y and more just plain old fun to listen to.
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Track List

  1. Farewell Sonata
  2. God Save the Jungle
  3. Better Sorry Than a Safe
  4. Phantom of Aleppoville
  5. Paris Cor Blimey
  6. Jupiter
  7. Ode From Joyce
  8. One Awkward Fish
  9. By the Ports of Europe
  10. Quintessence
  11. Ave Dreamer
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