James Blake- Assume Form
Released January 18th, 2019
Alternative R&B, Art Pop, UK Trap
If you haven't listened to James Blake before, it is important to know he is a certified jack of all trades, ranging from abstract electronic production, to slick R&B songs, to hip hop, to indie pop, to singer songwriter music, you name it. His full length debut is one of the greatest records of the decade in my opinion and truly showcases an amazing attention to detail and emotion within the tender balance between electronic and acoustic. James Blake has recently featured on albums by Kendrick Lamar, Beyonce, and other huge names, so it was not a surprise to see names like Travis Scott, and Metro Boomin on Assume Form. With these two collaborations, I would say Metro Boomin's production fits quite well with James Blake's vocals, but I wish he challenged himself as a producer, especially when working with such an abstract mind. And as for Travis Scott, I was hoping for much more in his delivery, and I much prefer Moses Sumney's track as I think his vocals blend much more with Blake's. However, the meat and potatoes of this album are absolutely chilling and great. The despondent lead vocals and melodies on the track Are You in Love? on top of the sputtering synthesizers just raise the hairs on my arms. I love his lyrics on the track Power On, and it also is one of the catchiest. James proves he has not lost his touch the brilliant ballad Don't Miss It, featuring these uncomfortably close vocals, and beautiful chopped piano. This record is utterly gorgeous and futuristic, even if it is not his best record. I commend him for the risks he took, although I don't think they all paid off. That being said though, there were some iconic moments on this shit, and it will definitely be seen as an important moment in Blake's career. Highly recommended, but check his self-titled album out!
Fav Tracks: Where's The Catch?, Are You In Love?, Don't Miss It, Power On, Can't Believe The Way We Flow, Barefoot In The Park, I'll Come Too
Least Fav: Lullaby For My Insomniac