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James Blake

James Blake

James Blake

Hotly-anticipated debut album from the London post-dubstep producer and singer-songwriter

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  1. 10.0 |   The Skinny

    Sublimely atmospheric and accomplished
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  2. 10.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    It’s a desperately lonely set of songs that will certainly take time to settle, but there could be no better time to start doing so than the dead of winter
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  3. 10.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    It’s a gauzy, overflowing mass of emotion, done in a new and inventive manner. James Blake is an essential for anybody interested in witnessing how pop music can and will continue to change, progress, and grow into something new with time
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  4. 10.0 |   Evening Standard

    There'll be little else as original or as wonderful released this year
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  5. 10.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    If all you've heard is the single "Limit to Your Love", the most conventional moment here, you won't be prepared for this extraordinary record
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  6. 10.0 |   A.V. Club

    James Blake is dubstep’s crossover moment
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  7. 9.0 |   FasterLouder

    11 intimate, lovingly-crafted songs. All the noise is left outside. The result takes time to gets its hooks in; and even then its grip is ethereal
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  8. 9.0 |   Pitchfork

    Gorgeous, indelible tunes that are as generous in content as they are restrained in delivery
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  9. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    An absolute treat for the ears
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  10. 9.0 |   The Observer

    Rather than batter listeners with bass, as he used to do in his DJ sets, Blake has chosen to stun with silence on what is, in essence, a piano-and-voice record for the 21st century
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  11. 9.0 |   Clash

    [The] understated flow may wrong-foot hype seekers, but just permit the beautiful structures to bubble over your ears as his warbled, testing vocals chase silence around
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  12. 8.5 |   BBC

    Each playback draws the listener in closer towards to the record’s core, like a dimmer switch being raised incrementally – a true beauty to behold
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  13. 8.5 |   Consequence Of Sound

    He achieves a lot with a little. He never gives us filler. He continues to innovate
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  14. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Every bit as challenging, forward-thinking, and interesting as those previous EPs
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  15. 8.0 |   DIY

    There is plenty of room for him to grow and improve yet, but this is a fine place to start, to say the least
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  16. 8.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    Excitingly hypnotic and spaced out in a good way
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  17. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Blake’s musical alchemy can be capable of matching the urban, nocturnal beauty of vintage Massive Attack
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  18. 8.0 |   Bowlegs

    It is clear these songs work together to push the boundaries, to work the listener and to let you into the introverted world of James Blake
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  19. 8.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Silence never sounded so spine tinglingly good
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  20. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    [An] uncommonly powerful album
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  21. 8.0 |   Spin

    Using lo-fi digital techniques to play up rough edges and raw emotion, Blake's rare talent is to make music so naked seem unshakable
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  22. 8.0 |   Rave Magazine

    The production values are, of course, gorgeous – each element precisely placed, lots of silence for contrast – but songwriting seems to elude Blake for the moment
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  23. 8.0 |   Mojo

    His strikingly sumptuous debut album has some real surprises in store. Print edition only

  24. 8.0 |   Uncut

    A daring and confident modern blues effort. Print edition only

  25. 8.0 |   Q

    Confirms him as a unique talent. Print edition only

  26. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    It's gorgeous and it's the sound of a producer at the very top of his game
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  27. 8.0 |   The Guardian

    Music that sounds utterly of the moment, in that you struggle to imagine it being made at any point in time before now
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  28. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Bewitching 4am soul pop for Generation xx
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  29. 8.0 |

    Though he occasionally seems to be purposely and sometimes unnecessarily challenging his listeners, Blake's flair for invention is always admirable and oddly endearing
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  30. 8.0 |   State

    Nothing will ever sound like James Blake again so drink it all in, every note and every ear-splitting silence
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  31. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    There will be other albums to champion in 2011, but few will be as ambitious or audacious as this
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  32. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    The main niggle is that the whole thing is a bit on the short side
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  33. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    An album that displays frequent flashes of brilliance so bright that they simply cannot be ignored
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  34. 6.0 |   The Scotsman

    What comes through loud and clear is that the best song he has to offer is a cover version
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  35. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    Despite talk of his status as “post-dub step,” at heart Blake is a soul man
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  36. 6.0 |   The Quietus

    Dance music for bedwetters
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  37. 6.0 |   The Independent

    For a songwriter, it's not good that the best lyric on the album is the cover of Feist's "Limit to Your Love"
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  38. 6.0 |   NME

    'James Blake' is too calculated an act of daring to really shine
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  39. 5.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Boldness, you realise, is not the same thing as greatness, and James Blake is not a great album
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