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  • Summary: The fourth EP for the electronic artist is a six-track EP follow-up to his debut and features a cover of Joni Mitchell's A Case of You.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 75
    The silky-voiced Brit's Bon Iver-assisted EP is lush enough to be played at a swanky restaurant, but it may be even better suited to an evening alone with a hard drink. [Oct 2011, p.119]
  2. 70
    On Enough Thunder, James Blake strips back the effects board and quivering bass for a surprisingly sparse effort, taking on the role of balladeer and even covering Joni Mitchell on his way to an effort that'll divide the droves of fans he's won over since the release of his self-titled debut earlier this year.
  3. Oct 13, 2011
    70
    Enough Thunder certainly offers up enough for any Blake fan to both love and hate--and at the end of the day still be entirely unsure of exactly what to hope for.
  4. Oct 18, 2011
    60
    It's the extraordinary ordinariness, sophisticated simplicity, that redeems all this: even when bass drums calmly clatter wall-to-wall like hungover flies in a jar, there's a gentle edge that's mellow and mellifluous, distant yet direct.
  5. Oct 21, 2011
    60
    Though not a stand-out EP, James Blake is to be commended for attempting the path of the latter.
  6. Nov 8, 2011
    55
    The EP does have some great moments, and ironically it's when Blake drops the dubset and channels his classical piano roots.
  7. Nov 11, 2011
    40
    He composes rich, intimate electronic and acoustic soundscapes that suggest myriad emotions and intriguing songwriting possibilities. As a singer, however, he's maudlin.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 4
  2. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Jan 31, 2015
    9
    I can honestly say that James Blake is the master of melancholy for this generation. If there is another artist out there who is usingI can honestly say that James Blake is the master of melancholy for this generation. If there is another artist out there who is using technotronic melodies to convey such a deep longing, i haven't heard them yet. Fall Creek Boys Choir conveys such deep emotion (albeit you may not understand a single word of the lyrics) that reverberates unendingly. Blake even proves his chops at a more minimalistic style in A Case of You, proving that his sound is still amazing even when reduced to just his voice and the keys in front of him. I have no reservations in saying that James Blake may be the future of sad soul; whether he intends to pioneer that genre or not, he is succeeding. There is no better music being made in the 21st century to listen to over some Coffee and Cigarettes. Expand
  2. Jan 2, 2012
    8
    James Blake was undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed artists of the last year. No wonder a lot of people went crazy when it had beenJames Blake was undoubtedly one of the most acclaimed artists of the last year. No wonder a lot of people went crazy when it had been announced that he would make a track with Bon Iver, another criticsâ Collapse
  3. Oct 30, 2012
    5
    'Enough Thunder' was a bit of a letdown because it was missing that electronic edge that James Blake's previous work included. I wanted'Enough Thunder' was a bit of a letdown because it was missing that electronic edge that James Blake's previous work included. I wanted another 'Unluck' or 'The Wilhelm Scream', but it was filled with songs that I just couldn't connect with. But his voice is fantastic, which is why I'll give it a 5. Expand
  4. Feb 12, 2012
    0
    Just another EP from an over hyped artist with fans who delude themselves in his musical pretentiousness... There's not much here if youJust another EP from an over hyped artist with fans who delude themselves in his musical pretentiousness... There's not much here if you listen to the music subjectively, as opposed to listening to it for some sort of status. Expand