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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 learning to ... Read more in Amazon's James Blunt Store

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  • Audio CD (17 Sept. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Atlantic
  • ASIN: B000SZLSB2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,749 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. 1973
2. One Of The Brightest Stars
3. I'll Take Everything
4. Same Mistake
5. Carry You Home
6. Give Me Some Love
7. I Really Want You
8. Shine On
9. Annie
10. I Can't Hear The Music

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James Blunt - one of the most successful British artists this decade - is back with his first album in 3 years. Armed with an arsenal of impressive new songs, he returns on September 17th with the eagerly anticipated `All The Lost Souls'. A dynamic, immaculate, back-to-basics LP of addictive melodies and distinctive vocals, it features 10 brand new tracks, including the rousing lead single `1973'.

The new album follows the multi-platinum, international Number 1 debut `Back To Bedlam' - the best-selling LP of the millennium - and is once again produced by Tom Rothrock. Instantaneous and hook-laden, it boasts several road-tested favorites, including `1973',
`Same Mistake' (which was performed before an audience of billions at Live Earth) and the dazzling `I Really Want You'.

Other highlights include the deftly captivating `Annie' & the blazing `One of the Brightest Stars'.

Recorded and mixed in L.A with his acclaimed live band - keyboardist Paul Beard, guitarist Ben Castle, bassist Malcolm Moore, and drummer Karl Brazil - `All The Lost Souls' is inspired by the iconic sounds of the `70s.

BBC Review

Sometimes it really would be easier to just walk away from something like this. Whatever is said in print makes no odds. A third world debt-ridding amount of copies will be shifted of this album by the man who remains either a paragon of 'sensitive' singer songwriting to his fanbase, or a piece of cockney rhyming slang to the rest of the world. This is the most depressing thing about All The Lost Souls: We can warn you, but will you listen?

Faced with a slew of angry Bluntophiles baying about the fact that we're snobs/haven't listened to the album more than once/don't understand his poor sensitive soul, what can you say? He's entirely capable of writing a tune. Two or three of these tracks are reasonably catchy and uplifting, in a Chris-Martin-on-an-off-day kinda way. But All The Lost Souls is actually an album that gets LESS effective with every listen. It's full of shallowness masquerading as insight.

Still, let's count the ways that 'Blunty' fails to please. Firstly the voice: an androgynous warble that has a limited emotive power over three minutes. After an hour of listening to it exclaim platitudes and clichés over plucked strings and Elton-lite keys, drowning kittens seems like a really fine way to spend the afternoon.

Secondly the lyrics: All The Lost Souls is presumably a paean to the heartbreaking sadness of human existence and the life-affirming power of James' words. But being urged by the posh ex-Army tyke to 'shine on' ("Shine On") and told that we're listening to 'the sound of my breaking heart' ("I Really Want You") frankly doesn't hold much water next to such inadvertently hilarious clunkers as 'Why don't you give me your love? I've taken a ship-load of drugs' ("Give Me Some Love"). Yeah, right!

The fact is that Blunt rode in on the first wave of a resurgence of olde worlde songcraft and sensitivity that now bursts at the seams with more promising talent. Why go for Blunt's dehydrated instant fix of heartache when you can luxuriate in the deeply moving work of a Jose Gonzalez or Ray LaMontagne? That's like preferring Babycham to champagne. Don't say you weren't warned ... --Jerome Blakeney

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. C. Trump on 1 Dec. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Following the superb debut album `Back to Bedlam' was never going to be easy for James Blunt but this album, originally released just over a year ago was an excellent effort. Songs like the compulsive `1973' and the moving ballads `Same Mistake' and `Carry you Home' are the standout tracks. However, scratch below the surface and there are more classic James Blunt songs lurking. `One of the brightest Stars' is a truly moving piece whilst the softly starting `I really want you' (here presented in a vastly superior `radio' mix which includes added instrumentation) grabs your brain and you just can't stop humming it. `Annie' is co-written by Jimmy Hogarth (he, who is `Jimmy' in `So long Jimmy' from `Back to Bedlam') and along with `Give me some love' is one of the two riff based songs on the album. Other ballad highlights elsewhere are `Shine On' and `I can't hear the Music', the former being a highlight of James's live show.

So what else can you possibly add to this already superb album ? Well there's the one new song recorded by James and premiered on his recent tour `Love, love, love'. I didn't actually go too much on this song when I heard it live but repeated listening proves that its is another classic. Three live cuts then make up the extras on disc 1. Noddy Holder and Jimmy Lea's first number one hit for Slade `Coz I luv you' was a rousing live song which featured James running off the stage and into the crowd to the rear and waving to those sitting at the back (as I was at the O2). He then continued the song at a piano off-stage from the rest of the band and the cheers you can hear on this rendition from Glastonbury bear this out. `Young Folks' is a gentle song performed on a radio broadcast and then finally we get James's version of Supertramps `Breakfast in America'.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Williams on 3 Feb. 2008
Format: Audio CD
Back to Bedlam was such a fantastic album which did really well so All the Lost Souls is bound to be over-critiqued. I've read some iffy reviews on sites and I personally think it's fashionable to slate James Blunt because of who he is (i.e. posh and well-spoken) rather than actually listening to his music, which is a shame because the UK should be proud that we've got an exceptional singer-songwriter again who manages to put emotion and feeling into what he sings. Anyway, I think that All the Lost Souls is a well-written and well produced album with some great songs such as Carry You Home and I Really Want You. I am a big fan of both albums and would say that if you liked Back to Bedlam, then you'll love this.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Gena on 15 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
I found myself almost unable to decide what I thought of this album when I first listened to it and immediately listened to it completely again.

One of the best things about this CD is that it's not a CD with ten songs thrown on it. It's a collection of powerful and intensely moving songs that work perfectly together.

The feeling and passion in which this CD was obviously written combined with the amazing talent of which was obviously utilized in the recording process....I can come up with nothing more simple to describe this CD as 'TRUE MAGIC'

Anyone with an ounce of appreciation for music will find something admirable and astonishing in this album and should BUY IT TODAY!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Dexter on 16 Oct. 2007
Format: Audio CD
In this day of quick and easily forgettable songs written for the Top 40 Hitlists only, it is pure joy to listen to an album written from the heart and soul. Every song full of emotion and meaning with melodies that command the listener's attention. An album with the ability to be an active part of anyone's music collection for a long time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By jem on 25 May 2008
Format: Audio CD
I have to admit that from the first time I heard James Blunt first hit (played endlessly and everywhere), I was put off listening to any of his material. I heard '1973' one day on the radio and loved it, then the next single - eventually I had the chance to hear the whole album and it is up there with the very best. I am not sure why James Blunt gets dismissed as a bit of a light weight, but he does. Its a bit like David Gray, you look at him and cannot believe what he can conjure up. Every track on this album is perfect and will hook you from the first play. The songs seem to be deeply personal and you imagine. I am writing this review to exercise my guilt over how I dismissed JB after that initial single!
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Although I owned nearly all versions of this album this was one I missed until now, playing through a great DVD player and an amp with some quality speakers the DVD quality shines through. Although not the best of Blunts albums to date he has improved with each release, this being the second of his four studio albums. Listening to it again James Blunt shows what a quality artist he really is, superb writing is his forte and his voice can never be mistaken, a true one off he deserves every accolade he receives. Moving slowly away from the laboured tracks of the first album, there are some superb uplifting tracks here, James proving he can provide a beat, more electric guitar than he is really comfortable with at this stage, but it doesn't show in the recordings themselves. If all you know James for is Your Beautiful, you need to have a listen to this album, yes there are still some beautiful moments on here but all in all James Blunt knew he had far more in his locker to come. His live shows are a real treat, always ending with the first single from this album 1973, he uses his piano as a surf board riding it like a pro. Don't be fooled by those who scorn him as a one hit wonder or say he only appeals to the young girls known for following him around the world making sure they are in the front row at every show. He is a true artist and gentleman who puts his fans first giving all who support him a great evening whether you are at his concerts or listening to a fine album such as All The Lost Souls, SUPERB!!!!!
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