released 2019, polydor.
I have a bit of an up/down relationship with James Blake, sometimes I’ve been completely dazzled by his work and other times I’ve found myself straight up exhausted after getting through some of his work. I didn’t know what to expect going into “Assume Form”, his fourth full length offering, so I set the bar low.
Said bar could have been the Eiffel Tower and James would have easily topped it.
“Assume Form” is a chameleon of mishmashed productions that are often abstract in form and arrangement. It’s exciting from the get-go and never fails to keep the listener on their toes. Samples are aflutter, the lyrical material is fascinating and strikes a chord emotionally. Suffice it to say that this is an album that must be played through and digested fully for maximum impact. (I’d recommend headphones, there’s a ton of great production tricks in the mix that you owe yourself to experience.)
- Assume form ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Mile high (feat.Metro Boomin, Travis Scott) ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Tell them (feat.Metro Boomin, Moses Sumney) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Into the red ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Barefoot in the park (feat.Rosalia) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Can’t believe the way we flow ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Are you in love? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Where’s the catch? (feat.André 3000) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- I’ll come too ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Power on ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Don’t miss it ⭐️⭐️⭐️
- Lullaby for my insomniac ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Skip : Mile High, Tell them, Don’t miss it (I know it sounds wild to suggest skipping the Metro Boomin collaborations, and while I feel they shine as stand alone tracks, the frontloading of them cheapens the experience of this album for me. You already know how I feel about ballads, so “Don’t miss it” doesn’t get any love from me.)
“Assume Form” is out now.