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James Blake (album) by James Blake 

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James Blake
James Blake by James Blake (2011)
Release date: 2011-02-04
Overall rank: 797th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
73/100 (from 523 votes)
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Accolades: Top 20 albums of 2011 (13th)
Top 100 albums of the 2010s (77th)
Top 1,000 albums of all time (797th)

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73/100 (from 523 votes)
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From capkronos 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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95/100
From jmpiper11 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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Rating:  
100/100
From zxmatheus 10/11/2016 23:19
My album of the decade, nothing sounds like it
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75/100
From Mozart 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 jeremih724 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 craola 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 zdwyatt 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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From NubbinBased 05/19/2013 23:59
I changed my mind. It took me a few listens but I get it now. I humbly apologize for my ignorance.
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From Connor 02/20/2013 16:24
I don't understand the hate. Pay more attention to the R&B influences instead of the dubstep and you might get more joy out of it. In reality this is an almost near perfect album, however due to the irrational hate i will give it a 100.
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