James Blake

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Universal acclaim- based on 141 Ratings

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  • Summary: Following positive reviews for his EPs, James Blake releases his first full-length album.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 31 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Mar 22, 2011
    100
    James Blake is dubstep's crossover moment, rolling back the hostile skronk and centering on a croon that rivals Antony Hegarty for lovelorn beauty.
  2. Feb 8, 2011
    90
    His are fragile, beautiful songs floating over warmly alien, sometimes seemingly formless musical structures yet it's an effect borne through unconventional levels of space and patience.
  3. Mar 14, 2011
    90
    With not a sound wasted, James Blake is everything we wanted James Blake to make.
  4. Feb 8, 2011
    80
    Aside from the hype, this album is by no means a feasible breakthrough into the mainstream--there's not stride enough for that. But when it's at its best, it's boundary-breaking.
  5. Uncut
    Feb 15, 2011
    80
    Like fellow minimalists The xx, Blake takes from dubstep an awareness of space and silence; he appreciates the power of a perfectly weighted pause. [Mar 2011, p.98]
  6. 75
    Full of airy vocals and synths, the album sounds as if it could lift off at any moment if not for the drum thumps tethering it down. But the beats sound weighty only in contrast.
  7. Feb 16, 2011
    40
    Blake's songs are built around a single typically melancholic lyric and melody that he works over, kind of like an R&B singer, while gradually switching stylistic gears.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. Nov 25, 2015
    10
    James Blake's unique sound and originality makes him one of the most original producers of his era. This album is such an incredibleJames Blake's unique sound and originality makes him one of the most original producers of his era. This album is such an incredible expeience, floating somewhere between sound experimentation and delicate songwriting. Easily one of the most defining electronic music albums I have ever heard. James Blake has this genius touch that is so adaptable te record oscillates between not-so-classic piano/voice soul compositions and tortured deep electronica. A masterpiece. Expand
  2. Jun 30, 2011
    10
    Immaculate, affecting, addictive. James Blake takes the cake. I Never Learnt to Share is perfect. Lindesfarne II is gourgeous. I'm not sure ifImmaculate, affecting, addictive. James Blake takes the cake. I Never Learnt to Share is perfect. Lindesfarne II is gourgeous. I'm not sure if the album is greater than the sum of its parts because I can't count that high. Expand
  3. Feb 9, 2011
    10
    A truly brilliant album. Blake has taken the most distinctive elements of dubstep, stripped them down to their most minimal core, and infusedA truly brilliant album. Blake has taken the most distinctive elements of dubstep, stripped them down to their most minimal core, and infused the result with a soulfulness rarely found in contemporary music. It's beyond words and beyond anything anyone has done, and is undoubtedly the best album of 2011. Expand
  4. Mar 23, 2011
    9
    This album is lush with minimalism. James allows for some time for his listeners to absorb what they just heard and anticipate what they willThis album is lush with minimalism. James allows for some time for his listeners to absorb what they just heard and anticipate what they will hear next, and what I hear next is very good. His music is being compared to The xx and I don't get that comparison too much at all. I didnt' like The xx, and I compare this more to Radiohead. My senses come alive even though the music is often so dense -- dense with gorgeous sounds of silence, music and lyric. This album is a gem and well worth some of your currency. Expand
  5. Oct 30, 2012
    8
    Certainly one of the best albums of 2011.
    I usually like Dance-Pop, but this album has really stood out. I just love the use of the
    Certainly one of the best albums of 2011.
    I usually like Dance-Pop, but this album has really stood out. I just love the use of the Electronica in songs like the powerful 'Unluck' or 'I Mind'. The echoing and the pauses create a haunting, beautiful effect.
    I guess some people will inevitably give it 10/10, but I don't see it as flawless.
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  6. Nov 20, 2011
    8
    The debut studio album by James Blake surprisingly managed to climb to the UK Top 10. It was also the first release of 2011 to receive a 9.0The debut studio album by James Blake surprisingly managed to climb to the UK Top 10. It was also the first release of 2011 to receive a 9.0 rating from Pitchfork. Now, if this is not an accomplishment, then what is? But James Blake deserves all the buzz for one reason only: itâ Expand
  7. Feb 12, 2012
    0
    James Blake is an overhyped indie artist with nothing really behind his pretentious music style... People praise The Wilhelm Scream withoutJames Blake is an overhyped indie artist with nothing really behind his pretentious music style... People praise The Wilhelm Scream without actually realising that it was his father who wrote the song. The production is dull, and overall, this release is boring. Expand

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