Friends That Break Your Heart

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2021 studio album by James Blake

Friends That Break Your Heart is the fifth studio album by English singer-songwriter and producer James Blake. It was released by Republic Records and Polydor Records on 8 October 2021, after initially being scheduled for release on 10 September 2021 before being postponed due to delays in physical production as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[1][2][3]

Critical reception[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Track listing[edit]

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • ^[b] signifies an additional producer
  • “Life Is Not the Same” features background vocals by Joji
  • “Coming Back” features additional vocals by Dominic Maker

Sample credits

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

  • Jameela Jamil – additional arrangement (tracks 1, 3), structure (tracks 5, 7)
  • Joji – background vocals (track 2)
  • Dominic Maker – additional vocals (tracks 3, 6, 7)
  • Khushi – additional arrangement (tracks 3, 6), additional vocals (track 6)
  • Hal Ritson – additional piano (track 3), guitar (track 3), bass (track 3)
  • Richard Adlam – additional programming (track 3)
  • Rob Bisel – engineering (SZA; track 3)
  • Tom Elmhirst – programming (track 3)
  • James Blake – vocals (track 6, 11), keyboard (track 6), programming (track 6), drum programming (track 6), Wurlitzer (track 11), synthesizer (track 11), synth bass (track 11)
  • Rick Nowels – Rhodes (track 11), Mellotron (track 11), acoustic guitars (track 11)
  • John Christopher Fee – keyboards (track 11)
  • Nico Muhly – string arrangement (track 12)
  • Nathan Schram – viola (track 12)

Technical[edit]

  • James Blake – recording, mixing (tracks 1, 2, 4-7, 9, 10, 12)
  • Take a Daytrip – mixing (track 2)
  • Brad Bustamante – recording (track 3)
  • Tom Elmhirst – mixing (tracks 3, 8); programming (track 8)
  • Carl Bespolka – recording (track 6, 10)
  • Khushi – recording (track 6)
  • Tristan Hoogland – recording (track 7)
  • Matt Scatchell – engineering for mix (track 8)
  • John Christopher Fee – engineering (track 11)
  • Dean Reid – mixing (track 11)
  • Randy Merrill – mastering

Design[edit]

  • Miles Johnston – artwork
  • Bradley Pinkerton – graphic design
  • Matt Burnette-Lemon – package production

Release history[edit]

References[edit]

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