【review/rate】james blake / assume form

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.)

  1. Assume form ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  2. Mile high (feat.Metro Boomin, Travis Scott) ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  3. Tell them (feat.Metro Boomin, Moses Sumney) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  4. Into the red ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  5. Barefoot in the park (feat.Rosalia) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  6. Can’t believe the way we flow ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  7. Are you in love? ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  8. Where’s the catch? (feat.André 3000) ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  9. I’ll come too ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  10. Power on ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  11. Don’t miss it ⭐️⭐️⭐️
  12. Lullaby for my insomniac ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Must-Listen : Can’t believe, Where’s the Catch?, I’ll come too (the midsection of the album is its highest peak, but it never drops below amazingness in the second act.)
  • 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.

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