No Beginning No End - José James
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  • Summary: The R&B/jazz singer-songwriter's fourth full-length was co-produced with Pino Palladino and Brian Bender.
  • Record Label: Blue Note
  • Genre(s): Jazz, R&B, Soul, Pop/Rock, Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B, Contemporary Jazz, Vocal Jazz
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  1. Feb 11, 2013
    90
    No Beginning No End is James' most holistic and expansive recording.
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    90
    This is the best, most sincere, most skillful piece of pop music making you are going to hear in 2013.
  3. Mar 5, 2013
    90
    This is the sound of a musician at the top of his game marking his entry into the big time.
  4. Feb 11, 2013
    74
    With previous releases, he's earned his heroic acclaim in the tough, tried-and-trusted lanes of contemporary jazz. With No Beginning No End, he's built his own road out.
  5. Feb 11, 2013
    70
    At times the pace crawls, but James' supple, intimate vocals are engaging, and the sonic palette shimmers inventively. [Mar 2013, p.73]
  6. Whether this Blue Note debut featuring Robert Glasper is better than his two albums with Brownswood is moot, but the best tracks--"Trouble", "Heaven on the Ground", "Do You Feel"--are very good indeed.
  7. Feb 11, 2013
    60
    If this is unquestionably a pop album, James has a gorgeous voice and jazz sensibilities.

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