Bugs in Amber

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Bugs in Amber
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Studio album by Get the Blessing
Released 22 April 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre jazz rock
Label Cake/Candid
Get the Blessing chronology
All is Yes
(2008)All is Yes2008
Bugs in Amber
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Guardian 4/5 stars[1]
The Sunday Times 3/5 stars[2]
The Independent (not rated)[3]

Bugs in Amber is the second album by the Bristol based jazz rock quartet Get the Blessing, released in 2009 (see 2008 in music).

The tracks are all instrumental, although other versions of "The Unnameable" and "Bugs in Amber" (re-titled "Moot") have been performed with vocals live,[4] and recorded in session for the BBC 6Music Freakzone programme.[5]

The album was favourably received by the British broadsheets. The Sunday Times stated that "Get the Blessing care little for the rule book: “wonky rock-jazz” is how the Bristol quartet sum up the sax and trumpet interplay. There’s a cool intelligence at work... Deamer lays down the firmest of beats without drowning his colleagues in the backwash. One of the quirkiest British releases of the year".[2] The Guardian noted that "this follow-up... cuts the excellent Judge and McMurchie a lot more solo slack, while sustaining the strength of the composing, the deafening dancefloor drive and the ensemble inventiveness", and summed up with "This is a really varied and inventive genre-crossing set".[1] The Independent felt the band "sound even more live and dangerous on this follow-up" and "like Big Air, the horns now take their thrashy/delicate influences from the Balkans as much as free jazz".[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Music Style Product" – 3:56
  2. "The Word For Moonlight Is Moonlight" – 4:22
  3. "The Unnameable" – 6:33
  4. "Bugs in Amber" – 4:41
  5. "Tarp" – 7:00
  6. "Einstein Action Figure" – 4:09
  7. "The Speed Of Dark" – 5:23
  8. "So It Goes" – 3:08
  9. "Yes I Said Yes I Will Yes" – 2:09
  10. "Trapdoor" – 1:21




  • Produced by Jim Barr and Get the Blessing
  • Engineered by Jim Barr and Rik Dowding
  • Mixed by Jim Barr and Get the Blessing
  • Mastered by Shawn Joseph, Optimum Studios

Release history[edit]


  1. ^ a b John Fordham (5 June 2009). "the Blessing, Bugs in Amber(Cake/Candid)". The Guardian. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  2. ^ a b Clive Davis (26 April 2009). "Get The Blessing: Bugs in Amber". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  3. ^ a b Phil Johnson (3 May 2009). "Album: Get the Blessing, Bugs in Amber, (Cake)". The Independent. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  4. ^ "Jazz on 3 – Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2009". BBC Radio 3. 4 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  5. ^ "Freakzone tracklisting". BBC 6Music. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  6. ^ "Get The Blessing – Bugs in Amber". Retrieved 2009-11-17.