#9. James Blake, James Blake
Released: February 8 (Click Here To Buy It Now On MP3)
Label: Universal, Polymor
Complex says: London can often times be the capital of innovative rock and James Blake rises out of that tradition with his brilliant, self-titled album. Electro and dubstep dominate the rotting, seedy landscape of this LP, but not in an over-the-top, speaker-thumping way. Rather, the reverbs and Auto-Tune simply add to the soundscape of loss. The entirety of the album is one large lament with James repeating his lyrics over and over again on beats that sound like the place you go to pray in your brain. The most jarring of these is “I Never Learnt To Share” where he cries, “My brother and my sister don't speak to me...but I don't blame them.” A mainstay on many of last year's year-end lists with his EP, CMYK, he has made good on his potential with James Blake.