Back to Bedlam ()

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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 ...

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  1. High
  2. You're Beautiful
  3. Wisemen
  4. Goodbye My Lover
  5. Tears and Rain
  6. Out of My Mind
  7. So Long, Jimmy
  8. Billy
  9. Cry
  10. No Bravery
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Diakonos

Aug 27, 2009

If you like James Blunt...

I like Blunt's style and I'm not put off by the occasional four letter word, so I really enjoyed this CD. I won't play it in the presence of my grandchildren, because the language and themes are adult. I found this to be a thoughtful and well done CD.

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