James Blake is back with his fifth studio album, Friends That Break Your Hearts.
The self-described “concept” album features guest appearances from SZA, JID, SwaVay, and Monica Marti. In fact, Blake’s girlfriend Jameela Jamil even has songwriting credits on three singles. Those credits appear on “Famous Last Words,” Blake’s SZA collab, “Coming Back,” and “I’m So Blessed You’re Mine.” While Blake usually sings of romantic troubles, this album sees him looking at his platonic relationships instead.
Blake sought out writing material from other facets of his life, but maintained a sense of cohesiveness. While previous albums like Assume Form and The Color In Anything primarily revolve around romance, this new album still calls upon similar themes. Friends That Break Your Heart looks at the different stages of fraying friendships.
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On “Foot Forward,” Blake sings lines like, “It was built in a day, so it feel in a day / What do you expect?” The title track is an unsettling, yet beautiful ballad. Blake’s sweet vocals take the lead, as he sings of platonic fallouts.
The album’s SZA collaboration, “Coming Back,” is definitely a standout. Blake channels a lighter sound, as SZA delivers her quintessential climbing vocals between his dreamy falsettos.