With the caliber of James Blake‘s talent, we can’t help but have expectations for his albums. Time and time again, however, he continues to exceed those expectations, just as he has with his latest album, Friends That Break Your Heart. This is James’ fifth studio album, and similar to his past project, Assume Form, this album shines with its production, singing performances. What sets it apart from his others, however, is the emphasis on storytelling.
Friends That Break Your Heart is an album about breaking up with friends. There have been countless musical projects of heartbreak, but not many about cutting friends out of your life. It’s a part of life that almost everyone will have to deal with, and James Blake details his story with beautiful, haunting music.
There are some great standouts on this project, particularly “Life Is Not The Same,” “Coming Back” with SZA, and “Frozen” with JID and SwaVay.
You can stream the new James Blake album below. Enjoy!