James Blake ‎– James Blake

Atlas Recordings (2) ‎– ATLAS02CD, Universal Republic Records ‎– ATLAS02CD
CD, Album


1 Unluck 3:00
2 The Wilhelm Scream 4:37
3 I Never Learnt To Share 4:52
4 Lindisfarne I 2:42
5 Lindisfarne II 3:02
6 Limit To Your Love 4:37
7 Give Me My Month 1:56
8 To Care (Like You) 3:53
9 Why Don't You Call Me 1:36
10 I Mind 3:31
11 Measurements 4:20


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  • Barcode (Text): 6 02527 55470 9

Other Versions (5 of 18) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ATLAS02CD James Blake James Blake(CD, Album) Atlas Recordings (2), A&M Records ATLAS02CD UK & Europe 2011 Sell This Version
0602527856650-86 James Blake James Blake(CD, Album + CD, EP) Polydor 0602527856650-86 Poland 2011 Sell This Version
DG30001 James Blake James Blake(CD, Album + CD, EP) Universal DG30001 South Korea 2011 Sell This Version
275 547-0 James Blake James Blake(CD, Album) A&M Records 275 547-0 Thailand 2011 Sell This Version
UICP-9045/6 James Blake James Blake(CD, Album, Ltd + CD, EP) Atlas Recordings (2), A&M Records UICP-9045/6 Japan 2011 Sell This Version



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September 28, 2011

Every year or so, someone new is appointed as the "savior of electronic music." In 2011, that title fell to James Blake and his eponymous debut. And? It's actually quite a good piece of work. Blake's interest leans on the possibilities of the manipulation of his own voice -- in "Unluck," he turns himself into an electrified chorus, while on "I Never Learned to Share," the processed and unprocessed come into conflict, a sort of laryngeal sibling rivalry. He forms his own a cappella group on "Measurements." If there's a drawback to Blake's method, it's that too many tracks have the same song structure: starts with vocals, slow introduction of the beat and the electronics, build, end. "Lindisfarne II" gives it a folk twist, but some more structural variation would probably be welcome. That said, what he does, he does well. The soul piano on "Limit to Your Love" and the short and glitchy "Why Don't You Call Me" shows that he has a knack for melody. It's most evident on "The Wilhelm Scream," the closest he's come to a 'hit,' takes familiar R&B tropes and converts them into a quiet, creeping sadness that builds upon its silences while slowly filling the empty spaces with buzzing layers of sound. A strong debut, but one that shows Blake has plenty of room to grow.