Exclaim!'s Top 27 Albums of 2016 So Far

11. James Blake
The Colour in Anything

For a breakup record, James Blake's The Colour in Anything is 76 minutes of dreamy bliss. On his soul-laden third album, the electronic crooner experiments with an abundance of vocal effects, trap-inspired drums and sub-bass moans that blow the bottom end out of his previous LPs.

Blake retains his sonic signature here, moody and spacious, but he keeps things captivating by adding more subtly danceable gems ("Timeless"), guest writing from Frank Ocean and the drumless yet urgent "Meet You in the Maze." Blake's intimate and vulnerable The Colour in Anything is something different, an album that fit snugly in the tradition of great songwriters while still blazing a trail forward.
Danielle Subject