EDIT: I have a confession. This is my first rodeo with James Blake, and while I will say that this album is has a lot good with it, there isn't anything here that convinces me to go back and sift through his back discography. There is some really nice and pretty production and musical moments, and James Blake defiantly can sing. there is some pretty unforgettable moments sprinkled throughout. And it's not like this album is god-awful. It is far from the worst album I will hear this year. I feel like James Blake is a amazing producer, a pretty good songwriter and he can have incredible moments (like on the title track, Tell Them and various other cuts) and the music really seems like it's trying it's hardest, which is something I can at lest give credit to. But then you have completely forgettable trap crooners snore fests that really don't excite me, move me, interest me, or make me feel anything. It reminds me lesser versions of so many artists I would rather listen to (Alt J, Andre 3000, Moses Sumney). Hell, in a lot of ways, the same problems I have with this album can also be projected onto Joji's album. Yes, it's technically a good album, and my rating of 60 reflects that, but it seems like this isn't this artist can produce. If it is the best he's done, then I can't see myself jumping onto the James Blake hype train. It takes a lot to make Metro Boomin sound bored.
Also, fuck that weird fucking vocal effect in Don't Miss It. It's not stylish. It's not creative. It sounds like shit. Fucking stop it.
Favorite Jams: Tell Them, Assume Form, Where's The Catch
Lest Favorite: Mile High