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EDITORS’ NOTES

James Blake offers an exquisite third album of minimalist soul with maximum heart. Giving up is hard to do, he sings just three songs in, but his pain is our gain: The British artist's determination to work through heartbreak yields a breakup album for the ages. Emphasizing skeletal piano, buzzing electronics, and Blake's cracking voice, it's even more affecting than his first two LPs, and more experimental, too. "Points" channels vocal loops into a lurching groove, while "Timeless" nods to dub reggae. The spine-tinglingly beautiful closer "Meet You in the Maze" distills catharsis into Auto-Tuned droplets of sound.

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EDITORS’ NOTES

James Blake offers an exquisite third album of minimalist soul with maximum heart. Giving up is hard to do, he sings just three songs in, but his pain is our gain: The British artist's determination to work through heartbreak yields a breakup album for the ages. Emphasizing skeletal piano, buzzing electronics, and Blake's cracking voice, it's even more affecting than his first two LPs, and more experimental, too. "Points" channels vocal loops into a lurching groove, while "Timeless" nods to dub reggae. The spine-tinglingly beautiful closer "Meet You in the Maze" distills catharsis into Auto-Tuned droplets of sound.

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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5

213 Ratings

213 Ratings

Blake's most mature album and a bonafide masterpiece

DavidDePriest_,

The writing on this album (aided by Frank Ocean and Justin Vernon) is impeccable. His other albums, lyrically, almost pale in comparison. The production is wild and experimental, but it often yields incredible moments of bliss and head rush. Definitely worth every cent.

Impressionist Song Cycle

RhapsodyinStu,

James Blake's most mature and most diverse collection of songs. Pop masterpiece!

Classic Blake

R-prodigous,

Similar to everything he’s done previously with a more thoughtful, articulated approach; his maturation as an artist and producer is evident in the newest installment of his catalogue.

About James Blake

Influenced by the likes of D'Angelo and Stevie Wonder along with Burial and Mount Kimbie, London-based producer, singer, and songwriter James Blake first gave the world a taste of his quirky, R&B-sampling strain of dubstep in 2009 when his Air & Lack Thereof 12" appeared on the Hemlock label. Blake received quite the endorsement when the heralded Soul Jazz label picked the track up for their Steppas' Delight 2 compilation that same year. Blake raised his profile every few months during 2010 -- something of a breakout year for him -- with a succession of warmly received 12" releases: The Bells Sketch (Hessle Audio, March), CMYK (R&S, June), Klavierwerke (R&S, October), and the single-sided "Limit to Your Love" (Atlas, November). The last of the series -- a cover of a song by Feist, in which Blake's heartfelt vocal was placed front and center -- served as a precursor to his first full-length, issued the following February. Titled James Blake, it left a major impression, and was eventually nominated for a Mercury Prize but lost to PJ Harvey's Let England Shake.

Blake returned to Hemlock for the Order 12", then reverted to Atlas for Enough Thunder, a six-track EP with a Bon Iver collaboration and a cover of Joni Mitchell's "A Case of You." Yet another 12", Love Happened Here, was out by the end of 2011. Blake spent much of 2012 working on his second album, releasing new work under the name Harmonimix, and performing less often as the new songs percolated. In April 2013, second album Overgrown appeared, featuring collaborations with Brian Eno and RZA. It won that year's Mercury Prize, and Blake's songwriting was acknowledged when "Retrograde," one of the album's highlights, won an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Contemporary Song. Little, apart from an Airhead collaboration and an EP on his 1-800 Dinosaur label, was heard from Blake for three years. He resurfaced in April 2016 with contributions to Beyoncé's Lemonade. A couple weeks later, The Colour in Anything, his third album, arrived with only a few hours of advance notice. Recorded in England and at Rick Rubin's studio in Malibu, California, it included input from Bon Iver and Frank Ocean. ~ David Jeffries & Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    Enfield, London, England
  • BORN
    September 25, 1988

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