I've only recently began to like James Blunt. Like many I heard his famous hits "You're Beautiful" and "Goodbye my lover" but wanted to delve further into his work. I thoroughly enjoyed "All the Lost Souls" and was quite pleased when I discovered this being released some days later.
In sum, it's a fun album. Blunt seems to be 'happy' in comparison with some of earlier works - notably "Back to Bedlam". The music is much more up-tempo. "Stay the Night", "Best Laid Plans", "So Far Gone", "Calling out your Name" are personal favourites. While "No Tears", "Heart of Gold", "Superstar", "I'll be your Man" all chip in and are welcome. "if Time Is all I have" is decent and then "Turn Me On" is rubbish and very un-Blunt like.
For me it gains four stars. It's not a perfect album and it doesn't push into 'great'. Some tracks despite being welcome are not great like the above listed and the poorly contrived ending makes little sense. There are some niggles with some tracks like for example the guitar solo in "Superstar" is odd and seems like a last minute addition.
It's an album that while not ground breaking, it is fun, accessible and easy-going. Blunt isn't doing anything new, it seems he's in a good time of his life. Worth the purchase and I'm enjoying listening to his music. I look forward to the next.