James Blake – Overgrown
Overgrown is the second studio album by English electronic musician James Blake. It was released on 5 April 2013 by Blake’s ATLAS Records, along with A&M Records and Polydor Records. Overgrown débuted at number eight on the UK Albums Chart and at number one of the US Dance/Electronic chart, becoming Blake’s highest-charting album to date.
Overgrown received widespread critical acclaim upon its release. At Metacritic, which assigns a rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 82, based on 40 reviews, which indicates “universal acclaim”. Martyn Young of musicOMH stated that “Overgrown is more diverse and dynamic than before. Blake seems to have found an ideal middle ground between restrained and measured balladry and disorientating electronic soul”. This sentiment was echoed by The Guardian ’s Paul MacInnes, who wrote that “Blake’s palette is unique, his abilities as a composer are great and quite obviously growing.” In a review for Allmusic, Fred Thomas noted that “while it might take listeners a few spins to find the right head space for the album, once they get there, it’s an easy place to get lost in.” He also stated that “[t]hough the stormy textures and somber reflections are pretty specific to a particular mood, Overgrown finds and fits that mood perfectly.” Clash said the album is “paradoxically less fragmented than its illustrious predecessor, ideas rotating core values guided by an affirmatively unseen hand. Which ultimately makes this an even better record.” On 30 October 2013 the album won the Mercury Music Prize Award for album of the year.
James Blake – Overgrown Tracklist
- I Am Sold
- Life Round Here
- Take a Fall For Me (feat. RZA)
- Digital Lion
- To the Last
- Our Love Comes Back
- Every Day I Ran (Bonus Track)
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