Can we take bets on who's going to drop the next surprise album? As a reviewer, it's starting to get a little tiring.
That said, opening track 'Radio Silence' is possibly my favourite thing James Blake has ever released. It's a perfect example of the soulful, electronic melancholy that’s become synonymous with Blake's work.
But after three full length albums, it would be nice to shake things up a bit. There's synths, piano and vocal distortion; it's definitely a James Blake album. The Colour in Anything is a little looser than his previous records with its production, but I feel like the best material here is when he adheres to more traditional song structures.
Otherwise, it all tends to blur into the background a little too much. Bon Iver cameo track ‘I Need A Forest Fire’ is another standout that highlights this. James, it might be time to go pop!
This review was orinally published in Fashion Journal issue 158. You can read the full issue here.