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  • Audio CD (10 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD+DVD
  • Label: Atlantic Custard
  • ASIN: B000FS9J4U
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (522 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 214,208 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Format: Audio CD
If you look at the reviews of this album before it was well known, they all think it was a fantastic find. When it hit number one with both album and single, a few bad reviews appeared. Interestingly, the new reviews that paint a negative picture of this album all seem to include some sort of personal attack on James Blunt, or even personal attacks on people who enjoy the album. Fortunately, I ignored these often uninformed reviews and actually bought the album, and can say it is very good.
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.
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By A Customer on 6 Sept. 2005
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I don't understand some people, I really don't. Reviews on this site are supposed to help other people who are interested in buying the album to decide! I've been frankly shocked by some of the zealotry and pettiness of some of the reviewers on here. I've heard terms like 'people who like this album should get a life'! How ridiculous is that! Do the people think it's clever or seemingly sophisticated rating the album 1 star and giving it a barely discernable and flawed grilling will actually help people? I think not.
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.
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By A Customer on 14 Jan. 2005
Format: Audio CD
I saw this man open for the ever-dependable David Kitt at The Bush Hall, and thought that he was absolutely marvellous. I'd never heard a support act silence a crowd before, but James just about managed it with the glorious "Goodbye My Lover".
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.
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Well, if nothing else, James Blunt certainly brings out the worst in people - there's everything on this review site now, the anti-public school brigade, the anti-populist music brigade, the "this album changed my life even more than the last one" brigade, etc...
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.
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Format: Audio CD
I bought this after hearing "You're Beautiful" on the haven for over 40s, Radio 2. I don't know anything about James Blunt- he reveals plenty on this album. The quality of the voice is the first thing that struck me about the album. The opener, "High" is an apt title as it conveys an emotional power: Blunt's voice is a mixture of the delicate and the emotional. "You're beautiful" encapsulates emotions that most men must have experienced but are too afraid to articulate- the power of beauty and the feeling of love at first sight. The carefully postioned expletive is amusing. The sparse yet powerful arrangements are well suited to James's distinctive voice.
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.
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