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Back To Bedlam
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Recorded in Los Angeles and produced by Tom Rothrock (Beck, Elliott Smith, Badly Drawn Boy), Back To Bedlam takes the listener through heartfelt songs of unattainable romances, lost loves and friends failures before climaxing with Jamess first-hand experience of war. Songs of universal appeal, all delivered with a powerfully unique vocal. In a world where division is rife and government intelligence (in both senses of the word) remains questionable, Jamess songs override and unite.
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The songs are very strong. The production is simple, but effective, and James' voice is a remarkable instrument. The album has not been hyped. It's been around for just under a year, and developed organically. The songs change from up-tempo to slow and dark. Some have a band-like feel, others stripped down and raw. It feels like an intimate album that reflects it's independent record label roots, but confident enough to be relevant to a broad spectrum of people.
If you are shallow enough not to like posh people, or inadequate enough to despise anything that is popular in order to show off your independent thinking, don't get this album. If you appreciate good music, I recommend you give Back to Bedlam a go.
Then again I've heard those at the other end of the scale - 'Better than Dylan' etc etc, which is a fallacy equal to the former. This album is somewhat unoriginal,somewhat soporific in some ways, and it obviously panders to the radio audience but in NO WAY is it the worst album ever. Furthermore, the album is at times incredibly touching, fitting almost every situation, and GENUINELY heart-felt. But equally, it's incredible that some think this is the best album of the decade. This guy's voice is a clearly a very divisive debate. So one can only assume its a matter of opinion, something which nearly everything boils down to.
I personally like it. As people have mentioned, the overplay You're Beautiful has been awful for James Blunt. It has reduced You're Beautiful from a soaring ballad to pretty formulaic. Furthermore, it has attracted the critics, who swarm like vultures. It is also representative of Blunt's amazing talent. The first half is very strong, showing us ballads which are tuneful, and demonstrate (for those of us who like it), the good range of his voice, while the second half slows the pace down to nearly unacceptable levels.Read more ›
I bought the album as soon as it was available, and it's by far the best album I've bought in a couple of years. There's not a weak track on it(OK, perhaps "Billy" isn't quite as strong as the rest), but with "High", "You're Beautiful", "Cry", and "No Bravery", James has marked himself down as a serious talent with the world at his feet. "Goodbye My Lover" still gives me shivers every time I hear it, and has made me overcome my dislike of songs which use the word "Baby".
If this man isn't as big a name as Damien Rice before the year is out, I'll eat my hat. This man is going to be HUGE.
Opinions are valuable, but to my mind only help if you understand where the person writing them's coming from. So, I hope it helps people to hear a straight view from someone who listens to music whilst driving, whilst cooking, whilst on the bus - in other words, someone for whom music isn't fundamental but does make day to day life more enjoyable.
All that aside, this is a good album. It doesn't matter to me that the songs aren't all written by Blunt - I couldn't care less. It doesn't matter to me that the songs all sound similar - I rather expect that, if I want variety I'd buy a compilation. I don't mind that the lyrics are pretty uninspiring if the song makes my foot tap. And at least five of the tracks here do.
This album hasn't changed my life, but I'm struggling to think of one that has. I'd avoid it if you have prejudices against any of the above points, but if you think like me and have a fairly open mind, then it's worth £9 of your money.
I haven't bought an album "on spec" for a while. After buying this I ought to start taking a chance more often. I'm not disappointed with this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Brought back so many good memories from when I originally listened to the album.Published 2 months ago by cheekynjakey
Loved this CD. Will be listening to this many times. I had the song 'Beautiful' played at my Fathers Funeral too so brought back sad memories.Published 2 months ago by Lauren Thompson
Great value for money and the quick delivery, it's the fist time I bought a CD on line and I'll be buying many more over time to come, with this service, thank you.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very good cd. Love it. Only reason for low score is because it plays in my car but i wanted to download to my computer for my mp3 and it will not rip to my computer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by kaz
Copy disc NOT an original. Would not upload to my laptop so unable to add it to my play list/ipodPublished 3 months ago by Mr. Neil Hoyland
Fantastic, plays like a dream excellent service from seller will certainly use again 5*'sPublished 3 months ago by Gwen