James Blunt - Back To Bedlam

James Blunt - Back To Bedlam

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Soulful British crooner James Blunt's wistful debut infuses the listener -- in order -- with rainy-day hope, the wistful comfort of unattainable love, and finally, world-weary resignation. While his parched and effeminate falsetto recalls Gasoline Alley-era Rod Stewart with a healthy dose of Antony and the Johnsons, it's the late Elliott Smith who casts the largest shadow on Back to Bedlam. Predictable but effective four-chord guitar motifs are the chosen vehicle for the ex-Royal Armed Forces soldier, and when they connect ("Wiseman," "Goodbye My Lover," "You Are Beautiful"), it's like a "Dear John" letter from a lover who you know will remain a close but ultimately guarded friend. Opening track "High" sets a determined midtempo pace that rarely wanes -- it's like an acoustic version of "Drive" by the Cars with a Coldplay chorus. It's a pace that would sink some records, but Bedlam's perfectly rendered, under 40-minute run time ensures that the listener doesn't suffer from a melancholy overdose. Blunt recounts his harrowing experiences as part of the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo on the closer, "No Bravery," and it's a shock to hear all of the romantic lyricism that informed Bedlam up to this point reduced to "Old men kneel and accept their fate/Wives and daughters cut and raped/A generation drenched in hate," but it's damn effective -- as is the majority of this fine debut. ~ James Christopher Monger, Rovi

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Available for Shipping to Canada Post
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Format
CD
Artist(s)
James Blunt
Number of discs
1
Track list
High, You're Beautiful, Wisemen, Goodbye My Lover, Tears And Rain, Out Of My Mind, So Long Jimmy, Billy, Cry, No Bravery
Label
Warner
Edited
No
Brand
Anderson Merchandisers
Product Identifiers
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30472357, 5546069
UPC
7567837522
SKU
10151462

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James Blunt - Back To Bedlam is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nobody sings heartbreak like James Blunt I bought this CD having heard only two songs: You're Beautiful, and Goodbye My Lover. No regrets. His emotive voice can move me to tears. Well done, Mr. Blunt!
Date published: 2014-10-23
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