17 Songs, 1 Hour 16 Minutes

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.

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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