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James Blake


Follow-up to the acclaimed self-titled debut from the London post-dubstep producer and singer-songwriter

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  1. 10.0 |   The Guardian

    Blake's palette is unique, his abilities as a composer are great and quite obviously growing
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  2. 10.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    In the end, you judge a musical journey by your own emotional response, and mine was blown wide open
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  3. 9.2 |   Sputnik Music (staff)

    The twenty-four year old is already well on a path to greatness. Hopefully it continues
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  4. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    Fascinating and frequently rapturous
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  5. 9.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Blake’s intricate, layered achievement is remarkable
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  6. 9.0 |   All Music

    While it might take listeners a few spins to find the right head space for the album, once they get there, it's an easy place to get lost in
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  7. 9.0 |   No Ripcord

    An unforgettable album by a limitlessly talented songwriter who, at 24 years old, may just be beginning to approach his prime
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  8. 9.0 |   Clash

    Less fragmented than its illustrious predecessor, ideas rotating core values guided by an affirmatively unseen hand. Which ultimately makes this an even better record
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  9. 9.0 |   musicOMH

    All in, Overgrown is a triumph
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  10. 9.0 |   The 405

    Just as exciting as we've come to expect from him, and as forward-thinking as ever
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  11. 9.0 |   Uncut

    His voice throughout pitched persuasively somewhere between Antony Hegarty and Jeff Buckley. Print edition only

  12. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    While James Blake felt aloof, even ahuman, Overgrown is packed with feeling, and releases it with the smallest of gestures
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  13. 8.4 |   Bowlegs

    He is a true artist – and with Overgrown he’s only gone and raised the bar again
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  14. 8.4 |   The AU Review

    Overall, there’s no denying James Blake’s incredible musicianship, and Overgrown showcases his talent really well. This album is full of his best work yet – and the effect is intoxicating
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  15. 8.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Overgrown is not the enigma that was his debut, but rather it is a first-rate album from a musician that isn’t all that interested in being enigmatic
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  16. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    Full of strong, sensual, timeless songs about love, life and loneliness
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  17. 8.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    James Blake may lose some fans with the tamer, more sultry sounds of Overgrown. But he’s going to gain a lot more
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  18. 8.0 |   Daily Telegraph

    Blake has made a real effort to raise the bar of his own material, and there are tracks where you catch glimpses of the sensitive Nick Drake-ish singer-songwriter he might have become in a pre-computer age
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  19. 8.0 |   Pitchfork

    Whether he’s making bass-heavy bangers, quiet meditations, or increasingly of late, something in-between, Blake is a modern master of emotional speculation
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  20. 8.0 |   AltSounds

    James Blake has matured with Overgrown, he has developed his sound in his own way, but he has not let success or industry pressure change who he is or what he creates
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  21. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Inspired in part by a meeting with his idol Joni Mitchell, there’s a shift in focus from sounds to songs
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  22. 8.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Turn up the volume and soak in the uncanny sophistication of sound-making on offer here
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  23. 8.0 |   Fact

    A heartening step in the right direction, and reassurance that Blake’s talents are far from on the wane
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  24. 8.0 |   NME

    It's not an easy listen, but it may just be one of the most nuanced, soothing and adventurous of 2013
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  25. 8.0 |   Mojo

    This is a remarkably uptight and controlled set of songs. Print edition only

  26. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    Far more than with his first album Overgrown is focused upon his songwriting rather than his technology, and it’s much stronger for it
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  27. 8.0 |   Slant Magazine

    Blessed with a strange, ethereal voice, he could easily excel at music that matches its dulcet tones, but the pungent mixtures of high and low he concocts end up being far more thrilling
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  28. 8.0 |   Independent on Sunday

    Blake has never been the traditional type of singer-songwriter
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  29. 8.0 |   The Digital Fix

    Blake’s sophomore effort is a bold statement, somehow very different from his first album, yet familiar in many ways
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  30. 8.0 |   The Fly

    He’s absorbed new influences into the unique framework he creates around his songs, pulling in aspects of house, gospel and R&B to create something alluringly strange yet pleasingly palpable
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  31. 8.0 |

    This album feels like a natural growth at an extremely steady pace and Blake deserves major credit for quietly expanding his sound without taking any giant leaps
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  32. 7.5 |   Under The Radar

    Effortlessly compounding dark and nebulous electronic production with a soul, gospel, and R&B aesthetic
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  33. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    lake's music is still a bit out of focus. He sings in a pretty, dusky warble, but often doesn't enunciate his lyrics; he's less a songwriter than a conjurer of melodies
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  34. 7.0 |   Spin

    Overgrown's biggest fault is lack of quality control; it's an uneven listen
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  35. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    Whatever Overgrown’s disappointments, it still bears the mark of a young songwriter of obscene talent
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  36. 6.4 |   Paste Magazine

    Losing the ability to distinguish good ideas from bad tends to be a sign it’s time to go back to the basics
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  37. 6.0 |   State

    There may be some weaker moments, but it is never boring and always innovative; though, as a whole, undemanding of a repeat listen
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  38. 6.0 |   DIY

    Always subtle, usually elegant and generally very easy to appreciate, but never implanting itself onto your mind with red-hot intent
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  39. 6.0 |   Q

    His sometimes-still-too-warbly voice is the main instrument on this follow-up. Print edition only

  40. 5.0 |   The Quietus

    Although not a terrible album by any means, for those who still remember Blake as one of the more innovative producers to emerge at the turn of the decade, it’s something of a struggle
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  41. 4.0 |   The Scotsman

    His second album mooches between dreary torch songs such as the title track and more groove-based excursions like Voyeur
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