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  • Summary: The fourth full-length release for the British electronic producer features guest appearances from André 3000, Metro Boomin, Rosalía, Travis Scott, and Moses Sumney.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. 100
    The good news is that the perma-brilliant James Blake has flooded his fourth album--Assume Form--with euphoric sepia soul and loved-up doo-wop. His trademark intelligence, honesty and pin-drop production remain intact.
  2. 91
    Though Blake’s music has a history of pulling you into a beautiful abyss of moody falsettos and dreary narratives, he had a point. The public’s reasoning behind “sad boy” subscribed to an old-fashioned way of thinking. On his new album Assume Form, Blake abandons that piercing despair--though not his emotional vulnerability--by choosing romance over sorrow. ... Concerned, happy, smitten--no matter the feeling, Blake is still willing to broadcast them all.
  3. Jan 18, 2019
    84
    The collaborators seem to have more influence than they did on Blake's previous albums. There's little here that could be anyone else, but the tone—less heavy, more hopeful, brighter colours—is different, even as he deals directly with despair. Overall, many more things are gained than lost in this development.
  4. Jan 17, 2019
    80
    Like the rest of Blake’s albums, Assume Form opens into haunted, rewarding depths. All that’s missing is one luminous, fully focused pop chorus, like “Retrograde” on Blake’s 2013 “Overgrown” or “My Willing Heart” on his 2016 “The Colour in Anything.”
  5. 75
    Assume Form is at its best, unsurprisingly, when he works at the periphery of his formulae.
  6. Feb 12, 2019
    70
    It’s the first time he’s willingly given up a little of his signature panache in order to achieve a more palatable sound. Still, Blake’s ability to both appease and innovate makes for an always transfixing, if occasionally frustrating, album experience.
  7. Jan 22, 2019
    58
    Assume Form is aggressively pastel and suffocatingly serious. He has lost the playful sense of surprise that guided his falsetto’s agile twists and turns on his debut.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    'Assume Form' is a triumphant, crowning glory of James Blake. His pop genius has evolved so much over the course of almost 10 years. From a'Assume Form' is a triumphant, crowning glory of James Blake. His pop genius has evolved so much over the course of almost 10 years. From a distant and chilly first album, he went through the overgrown dark corridors, adding colour as he went along. And now, he is in love, happy. He learned how to share.

    The album is a tight piece of art, produced brilliantly, bearing the signature James Blake approach, but with many twists. His pop sensibilities really shine here and he never gets lost. The only danger for a casual listener is that the more subtle Blake songs get overshadowed by the immense tracks such as 'Can't Believe The Way We Flow', 'Where's The Catch', 'Barefoot in the Park' and 'Mile High'. But it's all there. The Blake of the Distant Past, the Evolved Blake, and the Blake of the Present Love.
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  2. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    Although arguably less experimental, this album is a perfect example of an artist comfortably and uniquely adapting their style of music. IAlthough arguably less experimental, this album is a perfect example of an artist comfortably and uniquely adapting their style of music. I see a lot of people looking at this album as if he is slightly selling out for the purpose of more recognition or attention, but this album is just as unique and intricate as his self titled, if not more so. His real fans wouldn't be deterred by an album that beautifully combines his electronic skill and the relevant trends in music today. Every feature on this album accomplishes its task, and not a single one feels forced. James Blake doesn't lose his signature style; he expands it and creates his best album to date. Expand
  3. Feb 4, 2019
    10
    His best yet IMO. Some people may need more some more avantgarde and super complex music that is not as easy on the ears just to beHis best yet IMO. Some people may need more some more avantgarde and super complex music that is not as easy on the ears just to be indifferent. And good for you guys, you dont wanna be boxed in as mere mortals with puny human ears. You wanna feel special with your godlike ears. And how dull is a happy love song am i right, music should not be about human emotions, it should just be a random order of words that have bever been said before.

    Example: im a tooly fooly wooly tool.

    And no sound should ever be recognisable, because that means that its unoriginal and inspired by SOMETHING. All sound should just be opposite sounds, so silence where there was music and music where there is silence, and those sounds should be played backwards.

    And still then it might still only get a 4, because the smell and sound of your own farts are just that much better.
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  4. Jan 18, 2019
    10
    This album is love in its purest form. His evolution from the minimalistic dubstep to a whole new range of sonic layers defines what being inThis album is love in its purest form. His evolution from the minimalistic dubstep to a whole new range of sonic layers defines what being in love feels like in a precise way. Beautiful work. Expand
  5. Feb 11, 2019
    8
    Un album con la esencia del Británico, James Blake, el cuál nos entrega un album con puntos altos y bajos, no usual dentro de su cortaUn album con la esencia del Británico, James Blake, el cuál nos entrega un album con puntos altos y bajos, no usual dentro de su corta discografía, pero que se atreve a jugar con colaboraciones ambiciosas a lo largo de su reciente LP, en las cuales logra cuajar algunas canciones de forma maravillosa, y otras no tanto... Expand
  6. Jan 18, 2019
    8
    Assume Form is an enjoyable album with surprising features, such as Travis Scott and André 3000. This album has highs and lows, but the highsAssume Form is an enjoyable album with surprising features, such as Travis Scott and André 3000. This album has highs and lows, but the highs are extremely good. My favorite tracks are Barefoot In The Park, Can't Believe The Way We Flow and Where's The Catch? Expand
  7. Jan 22, 2019
    3
    Contrived. Pretentious. Dull. I think that pretty much covers what went wrong here. The celebrity influence on his music has painted all hisContrived. Pretentious. Dull. I think that pretty much covers what went wrong here. The celebrity influence on his music has painted all his edges grey. This music feels dead on arrival. Expand

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