James Blunt - 1 of the albums of the year ! Excelent
Some ageing rockstar once said that what he feared most, in a musical sense, was the songwriting well running dry. That's something that's unlikely ever to worry James Blunt. He has, it can be said without exaggeration, lived a life that should provide enough material for a dozen albums, with sufficient left over for a couple of screenplays. Sure - that's what all the singer-songwriters say. But this is a definitively different singer-songwriter.
Take "No Bravery", the song that closes his debut album, "Back to Bedlam", for instance: It was written in Kosovo in 1999, while James was a reconnaissance officer in the British army. On patrol around Pristina, he kept his guitar bolted to the outside of his tank. But in quieter moments, it came out, as he wrote about life as a 22-year-old peacekeeper in the aftermath of one of the decade's bloodiest civil wars. The rest of his unit ordered him to keep the noise down as he wrote and sang in the post-midnight stillness. He didn't keep the noise down. "'No Bravery' is the only complete song I wrote in Kosovo. I wrote it lying by my tank in my sleeping bag with my boots on. You had to sleep with your boots on. The song is pretty fatalistic. The rest of the album is fatalistic," he says wryly.
But his Kosovan experience is only one aspect of a new artist who's destined to find his way into a lot of record collections. Essentially, James is a find - an old soul who's somehow unafflicted by cynicism, a young writer who sounds likes he's been doing this for years, an angelic voice who's had a heck of a ride.
Back to Bedlam is one of those cd’s that you overplay once you get it, knowing that you will burn it out and have to retire it but you just don’t care. If you are one of those people that likes to have a soundtrack for life, reserve this one for cold pensive days, or when you want to take a quick shot of emotional truth to make the mundane fade away. Currently, “Goodbye My Lover”, “Tears and Rain” and the final track “No Bravery” have me wondering and imagining the lyrical history of these tracks. My favorite is still “No Bravery” after listening to the entire album a few times, but the smooth anthem “High” is gaining ground quickly.
Back to Bedlam is a refreshing record, but one that will draw both fans and haters. You will most likely immediately put it into your top 6 disc rotation or get sick of the English lullaby tunes and throw it out the window. Either way, it is worth a listen – you can decide for yourself but I believe you will be seeing grammy nods thrown at Mr. Blunt left and right in the year to come.
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A refreshing, catchy album
On hearing this wonderful collection of mellofluous tunes i decided to review it. This albmum is a refreshing mix of acoustic guitars that could be described as a delicate mixture between the voice of of David Grey and and the melodies of Damien Rice. It takes the listener through hearfelt songs of unattainable romances, lost loves and climaxes with James' first hand experience of war. The album starts with High and You're beautiful, the first of which will be released as his first single on the 18th october. these 2 songs provide the confortable relaxed feel of the album early on, although i not convinced that high will prove an instant hit with the public. however,i am in no doubt, wiseman,the 3rd track, will be absolutely massive. it is one of the catchiest songs around, produced to perfection, with its smoky vocals captivating the upbeating tune flawlesly. the album continues with 2 more slower numbers with the first of these being almost unnaccompanied,proving the finesse of james' voice, whereas the latter is soaked with some brilliant images beneath a mellow tune. the next few songs are fantastic but are outdone by billy which gives the album a fantastic ending. Back to bedlam strikes a melancholy chord that resonates stylishly and deserves to hit the upper reaches of the charts. however, whether ornot james will become a household name on the par with david grey remans to be seen.
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James likes to keep us sad
Released in the late spring / early summer of 2005, James Blunt's Back To Bedlam record has been a great success worldwide. Officially speaking, yes this is a pop record, but one many of us will enjoy.
Written by James himself, the lyrics actually mean something and don't simply spell out a load of rubbish as most other rock & pop bands do.
High (Track 1) and You're Beautiful (Track 2) are songs which are often critisized for being corny, but moving on to Wisemen (Track 3) and Goodbye My Lover (Track 4) we begin to feel a much more adult album shining through. Wisemen a perfect summer / beach song and Goodbye My Lover a very sad song which really would bring tears to a couple who have just split up.
My personal favourites are Wisemen (Track 3), Goodbye My Lover (Track 4) and No Bravery (Track 10).
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Great Debut Album
One of the finest debut albums from a British artist in years, James Blunt's `Back to Bedlam' is packed full of great songs that are both emotional and stirring. There is much more to the album than it's biggest hit `You're beautiful', in fact, this is far from being Blunt's best song, as most of his fans will tell you.
It kicks off with the adrenaline rusher `High', proving within the first track that there is a song more complete and accomplished than the aforementioned hit. `Wisemen' is another great track, `Goodbye My Lover' a sentimental tear-jerker, and `Tears and Rain' is as good as any other single on the album.
After that, the standard drops a bit. The next three are probably the weakest on the album. You wonder if it is going to finish this way, but Blunt rescues himself with the closing two songs, `Cry' and No Bravery', the latter of which is based on his haunting experiences of his time spent in the army.
A great album, all in all, but I give it four stars for the weaker tracks that appear midway through.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful.
This is just awful. How one is expected to listen to this dull inane garbage is beyond me. From the opening track to the last note, this supposed angelic voiced musician, sounding like a tom cat on the prowl, made me think a lot of people who rave about this bloke must be severely depressed or outright suicidal. At least he chose an apt name, Blunt.
This was purchased for me as a gift, from a friend, who obviously has never looked at my music collection.
This CD is now safely tucked away in a box at the back of the loft, never to see the light of day again.
If this is rock music, all I can say is, not much hope for the future.
Remember this is my opinion, not yours, before purchasing any music, you should at least attempt to listen to the album in question or other material by the artist.
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