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Back to Bedlam

James BluntAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)

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‘I have never been a beautiful boy.
Never liked the sound of my own voice.
I wasn’t cool when I was in my teens,
I never slept, but I did have dreams.’ – Bones

Moon Landing is the fourth album by James Blunt. It’s an album about dreams, longing, first love. About looking in the mirror and seeing the boy you were, the man you are – and ... Read more in Amazon's James Blunt Store

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  • Audio CD (October 4, 2005)
  • Original Release Date: 2005
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000301YY8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (457 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,538 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. High
2. You're Beautiful
3. Wisemen
4. Goodbye My Lover
5. Tears and Rain
6. Out of My Mind
7. So Long Jimmy
8. Billy
9. Cry
10. No Bravery

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As a piece of propaganda, James Blunt’s album Back to Bedlam does more for changing the face of the British Army than a series of television adverts ever could. Swapping a rifle for a guitar, the former cavalryman’s ballad-heavy debut is a clearly aiming to win the battle for the public’s hearts and minds. The U.K. success of singles like "You’re Beautiful" and "No Bravery" (inspired by his time stationed in Bosnia) are both heartfelt and sensitive, the latter packing an additional emotional punch beyond the typical lovelorn ballads of his contemporaries like Damien Rice. But Blunt also sings with conviction about matters of the heart, and that’s the territory that most of Back to Bedlam visits, with songs of loss like "Goodbye My Lover", "So Long Jimmy" and "Billy". And throughout, the arrangements remain understated yet effective, thanks to the input of such heavyweight producers and songwriters like Linda Perry and Guy Chambers. All of which prove that there’s a lot of depth to this modern, musical hero. --Robert Burrow

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Simply put, James Blunt is the most successful debut artist of the year in the UK! However, he isn't one of those guys who finished school and set off to become a musician. The one time British army captain (and latest ina long line of Blunts in the armed forces) served stints as a peacekeeper in Kosovo and guard at Buckingham Palace before hanging up his uniform. His days of carrying a gun behind him, Blunt quickly began turning heads with his soaring vocals and stirring songs. His debut album, Back to Bedlam, has earned widespread praise, including comparisons to the likes of Damien Rice, David Gray and a young Elton John. Atlantic. 2005.

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108 of 112 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You've got a friend in James July 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is not something you'd expect from a guy who studied engineering, was a part of the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo, rode horseback for the Queen and watched over the Queen Mother as she lay in state. Colorful background aside, it's hard to imagine his reedy falsetto warbling through the streets of Serb villages or recording music in his landlady's bathroom, but that's exactly the way it happened for James Blunt.

His voice takes a little getting used to, but the track "Goodbye My Lover" brings to mind Supertramp's "Goodbye Stranger" from the Breakfast in America album. Most of the other tracks display a lot of raw emotion. Drawing from personal experience, he sings of love, heartbreak, pain, relationships and unattainable romance.

The first single "High" asks:

"Will you be my shoulder when I'm grey and older?

Promise me tomorrow starts with you"

Other prime tracks are "Wisemen" the second hit single; "You're Beautiful" about a love that can never be (watch out for the single, totally unexpected expletive); and "So Long Jimmy" and "Billy" which up the tempo just a tad.

As the emotionally charged track "Cry" begins:

"I have seen peace, I have seen pain,

Resting on the shoulders of your name.

Do you see the truth through all their lies?

Do you see the world through troubled eyes?

And if you want to talk about it anymore,

Lie here on the floor and cry on my shoulder.

I'm a friend."

After you listen to this album, you'll feel you have a friend in James.

Amanda Richards, July 6, 2005
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314 of 340 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magically Up Close & Personal October 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This stunning debut by James Blunt--a British soldier turned musician--will take your breath away; literally! Every single track on this beautiful release is lyrically multidimensional with incredible depth and addictive melodies. It's definitely the best release by a new artist this year hands down.

The ballad-heavy, Back to Bedlam, is romanticism reinvented. The ecstatic High starts off the album with James pleading, "Will you be my shoulder / when I am gray and older / promise me tomorrow starts with you."

It's followed by "You're Beautiful"--an ode to love that can't be had. Equally beautiful and heartbreaking as he sings, "But it's time to face the truth / I will never be with you."

"Wisemen", one of my favorite tracks, asks "Gotta ask yourself the question / where are yo now?" It's one of those

In the melancholic ballad "Goodbye my Lover", James pleads with his departed love to remember the good times they had together and try to be his friend. He ends it with the chilling, "I'm so hollow baby / I'm so hollow."

Then comes my favorite track in this release, "Tears and Rain", in which James wishes he could do away with all the demons in his head and soul; the conflicts that come with the simple act of living life. He even makes a reference to 'Dorain Gray"--Oscar Wild's alter ego character from The Picture of Dorian Gray. Absolutely solid track!

The album goes on with songs commenting on the craziness of life's affairs with "Out of my Mind" to infidelity with "Billy."

"Cry" and "No Bravery" are two emotionally packed tracks through which James tells us what he thinks of war.
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72 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Opening Act! December 4, 2005
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OK, so those folks across the pond were in on this before most of us, but now that we've got it, wow are we lucky. This has to be near the top of my "Best of 2005" list because it's somehow different, perfectly produced and includes ten totally diverse songs that make this first effort quite amazing. Starting with "High" the opening song, and followed by the radio single, "You're Beautiful" and right through to the tenth song, "No Bravery", this CD is first rate. Only down side - the F word on the non-radio version of "You're Beautiful", which honestly works better using the word flying as the F word anyway. It's more natural and doesn't seem so forced. I use the F word, but frankly it just wasn't necessary here. Bought the Clean version of the CD after having the explicit copy..........suggest you do the same! James Blunt is the real thing!
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4.0 out of 5 stars An American Perspective... July 25, 2005
Format:Audio CD
I discovered James Blunt a few days ago during my morning commute. A DJ at WPLJ in New York had just returned from a trip to Europe and couldn't stop raving about the single "You're Beautiful." Coincidentally, Blunt happened to be in New York at the time and - even though his record hadn't been officially released in America yet - invited him onto the program to perform a set. On the strength of that performance, I went out and purchased the import album.

Blunt - who has a colorful past in the Royal Armed Forces - may be a great, emerging singer-songwriter. His debut album is mature and tuneful, with deftly written lyrics. It is unusual to have a pop-song make reference to Dorian Grey nowadays, but Blunt pulls it off. Now, I am hearing "You're Beautiful" on mainstream American stations, so I can only assume his popularity will continue to rise.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite JB CD- All great songs!
All songs are great. Full of substance, meaning, melody and rhythm. Leaving you with lingering thoughts. Constantly have it on playback.
Published 5 hours ago by swong
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely!
Oh Lord, i am in love with this music, James Blunt has and I-Don't-Know- in his voice that really brings peace to me, i love this album so much.
Published 26 days ago by Karen
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This is just such a great album. James Blunt is smooth as can be and I admit I fell a little in love with him. Really enjoy this music.
Published 1 month ago by J. Thomason
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE this guy
I think this CD is excellent. I like it all so it is not like I bought it for just one song. Will buy more of his music.
Peggy Berg
Published 2 months ago by Peggy A Berg
5.0 out of 5 stars back to bedlam CD
This is an excellent cd. I am a James Blunt fan and would recommend his music and specifically this cd to all my friends.
Published 2 months ago by Curtis Banks
5.0 out of 5 stars ONE OF MY FAVORITE MUSICIANS
You can't miss with James Blunt. He's Rock & Roll as well as Mellow. SONGS FROM HIS HEART ! He'll go through the ages I think, and his story is so unique he has a wide... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ladid607
3.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
I ordered this and it is OK, it's just that I mis-ordered. I hope to try again and get the songs I originally wanted!
Published 4 months ago by Sophies mom
5.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL CD!!!
Love this CD! James Blunt is AWESOME! The price beat any I found around town in record stores or at Walmart!
Published 4 months ago by Teresa J Mackey
5.0 out of 5 stars Another favorite CD I have
Almost the same as "All The Lost Souls", but with different content. Has some bright hits on it, the quality of audio recording is awesome.
Published 7 months ago by Alex S.
3.0 out of 5 stars SO, o
Except for his hit song, "You're Beautiful", pretty pedestrian. I guess British taste is different from U.S. I wish he would write a few more like that. Read more
Published 8 months ago by irabby
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I agree that MTV has single-handedly promoted an insurmountable amount of trash over the years but to accuse each and every entertainer that becomes famous by it is ridiculous. As far as elaborating on this Simon Cowell "Sixth Sense" of yours; really just comes down to your specific... Read more
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James Blunt, or should I say, Flunk is music to slit your rists by.
Well, I just thought Id speak up for the people who still think Blunt rocks:) I personally think his voice is cool in a non-mainstream kind of way, and I think his lyrics are simple and touching. since you guys believe in free speech so much you'll agree its only fair that we fans get our say on... Read more
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Definately. There is no comparison. The Bee Gees have higher pitched voices and a more upbead tempo
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