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REVIEW: James Blake - The Colour in Anything

REVIEW: James Blake - The Colour in Anything

By: Andrea
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A review of the James Blake album The Colour in Anything.

 

In recent years, James Blake became a household name with his forward-thinking blend of electronic minimalism and singer-songwriter sensibilities. His long-awaited new album, “The Colour in Anything” is also Blake’s most ambitious work to date.


The record features several notable collaborations, as well as a blend of sound that's generally thicker and more cinematic than ever before. The British artist abandoned his bare, minimal soundscape in favour of a more lavish and saturated sound, where everything feels sharper and more in focus, as opposed to Blake’s earlier flirtation with gritty, fuzzy and free-form song structures.


The Colour In Anything was created with the collaboration of production guru Rick Rubin, who helped Blake add more focus to his sound, polishing the mix and making room for something new. This album, in fact, also gives room to other voices. Justin Vernon, mostly known for his work as “Bon Iver” blends perfectly with Blake’s cinematic and introspective sounds, while Frank Ocean is a connection to Blake’s passion for retro soul and R&B.


The Colour In Anything does not really feel like a dramatic shift in James Blake’s sound and approach, but it surely showcases a different side of an artist with a broader vision.

 

 

 

James Blake - The Colour in Anything


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