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  • Summary: This is the third full-length release from the collaboration between Jonna Lee and Claes Björklund.
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  1. Nov 12, 2014
    80
    Jonna Lee and Claes Björklund have created a record that they hope will stand the test of time and whilst it remains to be seen if that is the case, Blue is a beautiful, engaging record that entertains as much as it inspires.
  2. Nov 14, 2014
    80
    Blue isn’t only the most satisfying record in the collective’s discography; it’s also one of the best albums released this year.
  3. Q Magazine
    Dec 8, 2014
    80
    Their songs retain a Scandinavian feel, at once exuberant and enigmatic on the soaring Fountain and cellophane-wrapped Vista, while pulsing, M83-like synth rush of Chasing Kites shows they've set their sights well beyond the Nordic margins. [Jan 2015, p.126]
  4. Nov 12, 2014
    70
    While Blue’s electropop soundscapes are hardly a great move forwards from their first two projects, there are genuinely majestic emotional moments to savour here.
  5. Nov 17, 2014
    61
    It's a rare moment of intrigue on an album that's generous in its beauty while leaving little to wonder about, a sky that never rains.
  6. Nov 12, 2014
    60
    Blue's watery explorations demonstrate an intriguing new facet to the project, but it might well come at the expense of the fearsome impact that earlier releases packed in the shedload.
  7. Mojo
    Nov 19, 2014
    60
    Her piercing, angelic voice, redolent of Tori Amos, is given a sparkling canvas by Claes Bjorklund's synth battery. [Dec 2014, p.96]

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  1. Nov 16, 2014
    10
    Blue by iamamiwhoami is one of the most solid albums released this year. This album is full of extreme depth. Not only is each song unique andBlue by iamamiwhoami is one of the most solid albums released this year. This album is full of extreme depth. Not only is each song unique and enjoyable in its own way, each song takes you on a journey Similar to previous iamamiwhoami albums, Blue is one massive storyline. Blue is arguably the most grasping story this group/project has written yet. Other artists have tried incoporating storylines into their music but more often than not when that concept is executed it is clear that the artist has the intentions of telling a story and that ruins what could be an amazing album. This not the case with Blue. Each song is a stand-alone track compiled with other songs that create a story. This is not an album one can miss. Each song is powerful in its own right, but one must listen to the whole album in order to clearly understand the message that is being displayed. There were few albums released this year with similar qualities. Even though it is highly recommended to listen to the whole album, if one were to listen to just a few tracks, Hunting For Pearls, Tap Your Glass, and Shadowshow give listeners a very good idea of what to expect. If you are into a good story, beautiful lyrics, soothing vocals, unique instrumentals, and art in general, Blue is the album for you. Expand
  2. Nov 12, 2014
    10
    An album that has to be (as Lee says) "swallowed whole". The album as released digitally is a very good piece of work, but the CD versionAn album that has to be (as Lee says) "swallowed whole". The album as released digitally is a very good piece of work, but the CD version including the extended continuous tracks adds life to the whole BLUE saga, including drops of ambient and experimental flavour in a synth-pop bright icy album. Perfect piece of work, both musically and visually. Expand
  3. Aug 1, 2015
    10
    Quem acompanha o projeto há anos percebe que BLUE é sim uma evolução para o Iam, eles conseguiram um álbum com sonoridade comercial, que chameQuem acompanha o projeto há anos percebe que BLUE é sim uma evolução para o Iam, eles conseguiram um álbum com sonoridade comercial, que chame pessoas para conhecerem o grupo e curtirem as músicas, mesmo assim não perderam a identidade, muito pelo contrário, toda a parte do conceito do álbum (de ir para fora e encontrar a luz) por si só já vale, juntando os excelentes instrumentais e os vocais de Jonna Lee, o resultado é um álbum, que pra mim, é o melhor dos três, e que enche de expectativas para um quarto álbum. Expand
  4. Nov 12, 2014
    10
    Absolutely every song on this album is a winner, each one so beautifully crafted that it's almost overwhelming. Jonna Lee's soaring voiceAbsolutely every song on this album is a winner, each one so beautifully crafted that it's almost overwhelming. Jonna Lee's soaring voice reigns over the organic synths and icy, dreamy sounds, creating an ethereal environment. In fact, you cannot feel but cleansed after listening to this 1-hour journey that takes you in some of the most tranquil, refreshing watery landscapes. The ability of this project/band to convert electronics into genuine sounds of nature makes iamamiwhoami one of the most powerful acts in the 'underground' pop-electronic music scene. 'Blue' never sounds the same, ranging from glacial electronica on 'vista' to the exuberant and summery 'blue blue', but you can definitely identify a signature sound. Also, each track has its own particular element, may it be a spectacular, middle-road change of tempo on 'thin' or crazy electronics on 'ripple'. Regarding the album's stand-outs, I would highlight (the breathtaking) 'fountain' and 'vista', 'blue blue', 'thin' and 'shadowshow'. A definite triumph for the Swedish group iamamiwhoami, both on the audio and the visual side of this project with the perfectly-suited title 'Blue'. Expand
  5. Aug 14, 2017
    9
    This album sounds very futuristic and has something that makes it way more different from Kin and bounty. Way better than the previous albumsThis album sounds very futuristic and has something that makes it way more different from Kin and bounty. Way better than the previous albums of the duo. BLUE stands as the strongest work from imamiwhoami Expand
  6. Dec 26, 2014
    9
    In "Blue", iamamiwhoami explore different lands in electronic music. They have built a new crystallized atmosphere full of bright synthsIn "Blue", iamamiwhoami explore different lands in electronic music. They have built a new crystallized atmosphere full of bright synths similar to M83 and Bjork. Jonna Lee and Claes Bjorkland point to a new way of making music, carrying the audiovisual language as part of their proposal. In "Blue" feel stronger and sharper than before. Expand
  7. Jan 9, 2015
    8
    Visually, this album is a complete snooze. Music wise... it's not nearly as interesting as the last 2 albums iamamiwhoami has put out, but itVisually, this album is a complete snooze. Music wise... it's not nearly as interesting as the last 2 albums iamamiwhoami has put out, but it still packs quite a punch. The melodies and sounds are beautiful and ethereal, but not necessarily dark enough for my tastes. You can still feel the soul that went into producing these songs though, which is what really sets iamamiwhoami apart from the crowd.
    Standout tracks: thin, hunting for pearls, tap your glass, the last dancer
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