James Blake (album) by James Blake

James Blake
James Blake by James Blake
Year: 2011
Release date: 2011-02-04
Overall rank: 731st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
74/100 (from 555 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 2011 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 2010s (102nd)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (731st)
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74/100 (from 555 votes)
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This album has a mean average rating of 72.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 73.7/100. The standard deviation for this album is 19.6.

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90/100
From 04/03/2019 18:11
After a very successful series of EP, James Blake releases his first album: "James Blake". Mixing R&B and Electro, Blake managed to release a pop album of unequaled sweetness. While the songs are the magnetic center here, Blake's musicality and sonics are equally striking. A producer "dubstep" with a touch of soft piano and an ear for granular synthesis. This album is honest, sincere and James Blake's style is so particular. This artist is for me one of the most innovative of his generation in pop and electro.

9/10

Best track: "The Wihelm Scream"
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40/100
From 04/26/2018 17:54
He has a great voice when left as is, which made me hate the electronic distortion applied to it on the first track while the song itself gets annoyingly repetitive. And then I realized this was going to be a recurring theme throughout the rest of the album, at which point I knew Overgrown was going to be more to my liking. A few of the more stripped down songs still showcase his voice well and there are some good moments here and there... just not enough of them. The songwriting itself is weak most of the time. Disappointing.
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Rating:  
95/100
From 03/15/2017 03:50
The intense feeling of isolation and insecurity Blake conveys combined with the phenomenal production makes for a very interesting singer-songwriter-producer record. Blake's talent definitely comes through here, as the technical aspects of this record are impeccable, along with the heart-wrenching songwriting.

Favorite tracks: The Wilhelm Scream, I Never Learnt to Share, Limit to Your Love, Unluck, Lindisfarne, To Care (Like You), I Mind
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From 10/13/2016 16:32
There's a brilliantly weird aura emanating from this album, something which I can't articulate with words. Strange, mesmerising & macabre, this record transports me to a world inhabited by spirits; it truly does feel otherworldly. It's a case of remarkable British talent complete with gorgeous, chilly electronica and haunting vocals. Blake really understands the power of silence.

People have classed this as "post-dubstep", but i'd lean more towards "electro-soul"? It hardly matters anyway, what's the point of forcing it into a genre when we can just appreciate it for what it is. A confounding, ghostly near-masterpiece that you just can't shake off.
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100/100
From 10/11/2016 23:19
My album of the decade, nothing sounds like it
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75/100
From 02/14/2016 04:45
The EPs leading up to this made me overly optimistic. Result has some successful tracks, but many feel awkward and stilted.
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65/100
From 09/06/2014 21:12
i heard his second album, overgrown, and loved it! the production really complimented his voice, and the vocals were just... precious. this album, on the other hand, is the exact opposite- all the production does is interfere with blake's voice, producing a very un-melodic feel. not to say it doesn't have its moments- the wilhelm scream is a fantastic song- but i just don't believe this album works as well as the follow up.
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From 12/30/2013 07:06
Gets better every time!
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From 12/24/2013 18:02
The repetitive nature and lack of quality lyrics in tunes like Never Learnt to Share "but I don't blame them..." are the things that ultimately spoiled this album for me. It has some awesome moments, and I find it hard to not appreciate the production (that bass...), but I can't listen to the entire album without skipping through a couple tracks that make me want to bore holes through my head. This is unique, original, intense, beautiful and at times, irritating. I much prefer his EPs and his follow-up LP.
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From 10/24/2013 19:20
A solid debut. The overall effect is akin to Bon Iver's EP Blood Bank, only piano-centric and satisfying.
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