Albums of the Year. Number 8
Overgrown by James Blake
2013 seemed to be the year of albums that have a handful of better tracks, but overall aren’t quite good as the previous release, and James Blake joined that club with his second album, Overgrown.
The lead single ‘Retrograde’ is probably the best track he’s ever recorded, and the title track of the album is also wonderful, but I didn’t really get on with his collaboration with RZA (cool though it is that it happened at all) and prefer his voice when it stands hypnotically on its own. Indeed, the astonishing promise of the whole first half of the album is slightly let down by the second.
All this sound like I’m being really critical of the album, but in fact, I think it’s brilliant, experimental, fascinating and beautiful. Perhaps best of all it makes me excited for the hopefully huge career he has in front of him. I’d just suggest he keeps away from the collaborations in future.