No Beginning No End


Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    This is the sound of a musician at the top of his game marking his entry into the big time.
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    This is the best, most sincere, most skillful piece of pop music making you are going to hear in 2013.
  3. Feb 11, 2013
    No Beginning No End is James' most holistic and expansive recording.
  4. Feb 11, 2013
    What remains is a nocturnal set of refined resonance.
  5. Feb 11, 2013
    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.
  6. Uncut
    Feb 11, 2013
    At times the pace crawls, but James' supple, intimate vocals are engaging, and the sonic palette shimmers inventively. [Mar 2013, p.73]
  7. 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.
  8. Mojo
    Feb 12, 2013
    Some are great. Some are thinner--but James's new groove has big promise. [Feb 2013, p.97]
  9. Feb 11, 2013
    If this is unquestionably a pop album, James has a gorgeous voice and jazz sensibilities.

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