Overgrown – James Blake (Republic)

James Blake’s 2013 release picks up right where he left off last time, with syncopated rhythms, his distinctive pitch-shifting croon, and plenty of bass. RZA drops a verse on the surprisingly good “Take a Fall for Me” while songs like “Overgrown” and “Retrograde” show off how good Blake’s vocal chops and pop sensibilities have gotten. “Voyeur” and “Life Round Here” are ready for the dance floor. Good stuff here.

Zach Shealy 8/21/13

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