Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Q Magazine
    Aug 28, 2014
    This career-best seventh album seeps into your head and stays there. [Sep 2014, p.110]
  2. Mojo
    Jul 24, 2014
    There's always a soulful undercurrent to James's work, exemplified by album's deliciously dream title cut. [Jul 2014, p.92]
  3. Jun 10, 2014
    His second album on the label--While You Were Sleeping, is a leap forward, brilliant precisely for its blurriness of style.
  4. Jun 10, 2014
    With James' voice and nearly iconic harmonic sensibility as a guide, these genres flow into, rub against, and ultimately redefine one another. His creative reach, at least at this juncture appears to be boundless.
  5. Jun 10, 2014
    Compared to James’s 2013 breakout “No Beginning No End,” this one is bigger, thicker, less sensual but arguably just as sexy.
  6. Uncut
    Jun 26, 2014
    While You Were Sleeping is a curious amalgam of '70s soul, '90s R&B and the epic manoeuvrings of stadium rock. [Aug 2014, p.74]
  7. Jun 10, 2014
    In his determination to establish his own lane, though, James has let his once-strong songwriting sag.

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