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James Blunt - Back To Bedlam (Mp3 Download)



Review by James Christopher Monger @ allmusic.com
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.


Track Lists
01. High
02. You're Beautiful
03. Wisemen
04. Goodbye My Lover
05. Tears And Rain
06. Out Of My Mind
07. So Long Jimmy
08. Billy
09. Cry
10. No Bravery

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What People Said

i already have this album
its good

(-: Anonymous tristan :: 12/25/06, 8:51 AM :: Top  

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I regretted I didn't find this album earlier! Oh god, it's beautiful! Blogger ken :: 4/4/07, 1:19 AM :: Top  

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