Friends That Break Your Heart (studio album) by James Blake

Friends That Break Your Heart by James Blake
Year: 2021
Release date: 2021-10-08
Overall rank: 8,312th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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74/100 (from 52 votes)
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Award Top albums of the 2020s (162nd)
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James Blake bestography

Friends That Break Your Heart is ranked 5th best out of 9 albums by James Blake on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by James Blake is James Blake which is ranked number 745 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,488.

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From 12/04/2021 10:40
Generally speaking electronic music isn’t in my musical wheelhouse but there are a few exceptions and Blakey is certainly one of them having been a regular in my year end album lists since 2013’s ‘Overgrown’. ‘F.T.B.Y.H’ is something of the ultimate COVID document being conceived and recorded largely in lockdown as it deals with isolation, desperation and separation. As far as James Blake albums go this one’s remarkably upbeat considering the lyrical content (as far as upbeat for Blakey can be) and is another excellent release in a catalogue that continues to grow in depth of quality
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Album Rating: 77.50
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I have always had a soft spot for Blake’s music since 2010s Kelis and Aaliyah sampling ‘CMYK’ and his cover of Feists ‘Limit To Your Love’. However, I have often found his albums a little underwhelming.

Initial thoughts are that this is a stronger album. Some tracks veer into James Blake interpretations of the Arctic Monkeys and 2015 vintage Sufjan Stevens. This is no bad thing.

‘Say What You Will’ is a triumph.

1. "Famous Last Words" - 72
2. "Life Is Not the Same" - 86
3. "Coming Back" (featuring SZA) - 81
4. "Funeral" - 76
5. "Frozen" (featuring JID and SwaVay) - 71
6. "I'm So Blessed You're Mine" - 65
7. "Foot Forward" - 74
8. "Show Me" (featuring Monica Martin) - 77
9. "Say What You Will" - 92
10. "Lost Angel Nights" - 73
11. "Friends That Break Your Heart" - 80
12. "If I'm Insecure" - 83
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From 10/09/2021 09:31
Hearing Say What You Will got me more excited for this album than I'd ever have anticipated. Its one of the best tracks of the year and probably the best thing he's recorded, so to get to the album and have it be exactly the same as each of his other albums was absurdly disappointing. A good album for sure, impeccably produced, but still feels like he's on autopilot in ways.
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