How do I define a classic? Well, it's really all about the way the music comes off. To me, a classic is an album that advances or redefines a genre of music, or heavily influences the way people listen to music.
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James Blake's debut album is simple to define as a classic, the genre of dubstep or even soul music will never be the same following this release. With artists like Drake, Trey Songz and even Gil Scott-Heron and Bobby Womack being influenced by Blake's minimalist foray into electrosoul, the album's had a lasting effect on the genres of electronic music and R&B/soul. Whatever the genre name, there's no doubt that whether or not you liked Blake's album, the very fact that it exists is gamechanging in many ways.
For Trilogy, the same is true. Picking up where artists like Portishead and Tricky left off, Tesfaye and Co. …