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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
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.Read more ›
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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This is what happens when you ask your mom what she wants for Christmas. You end up buying things like an old James Blunt cd. lol anyway, my mom loves it so what I can I say? Read morePublished 7 days ago by Brittany Parsley
This album was produced by a genius. I wonder where he is now.Published 1 month ago by Douglas Rogers
Too much bad language in some of the songs, not what I expected at all. I gave two stars because the music is good and he has a great voice.Published 3 months ago by C. Larkins
When it comes to mellow dramatic, heartbreaking songs, James Blunt is the expert.Published 4 months ago by Analisse Lautner
I actually like his song, 'You're Beautiful', because it makes every song in this album beautiful.Published 5 months ago by Mark Stein