Back to Bedlam Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics, Limited Edition
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Simply put, James Blunt is the most successful debut artist of the year in the UK! However, he isn't one of those guys who finished school and set off to become a musician. The one time British army captain (and latest ina long line of Blunts in the armed forces) served stints as a peacekeeper in Kosovo and guard at Buckingham Palace before hanging up his uniform. His days of carrying a gun behind him, Blunt quickly began turning heads with his soaring vocals and stirring songs. His debut album, Back to Bedlam, has earned widespread praise, including comparisons to the likes of Damien Rice, David Gray and a young Elton John. Atlantic. 2005.
As a piece of propaganda, James Blunts album Back to Bedlam does more for changing the face of the British Army than a series of television adverts ever could. Swapping a rifle for a guitar, the former cavalrymans ballad-heavy debut is a clearly aiming to win the battle for the publics hearts and minds. The U.K. success of singles like "Youre Beautiful" and "No Bravery" (inspired by his time stationed in Bosnia) are both heartfelt and sensitive, the latter packing an additional emotional punch beyond the typical lovelorn ballads of his contemporaries like Damien Rice. But Blunt also sings with conviction about matters of the heart, and thats the territory that most of Back to Bedlam visits, with songs of loss like "Goodbye My Lover", "So Long Jimmy" and "Billy". And throughout, the arrangements remain understated yet effective, thanks to the input of such heavyweight producers and songwriters like Linda Perry and Guy Chambers. All of which prove that theres a lot of depth to this modern, musical hero. --Robert Burrow
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Top Customer Reviews
Still, one of the better performances i have heard in some time.
Anyway, am I the only one who thought the song "So Long Jimmy" was about Jimi Hendrix? I thought it was obvious despite the spelling. The font on the cd cover is also just like an old hendrix experience poster.
Also, despite the explicit lyrics, which i usually avoid, I really like this album mostly because of the 'string thing'.
His voice takes a little getting used to, but the track "Goodbye My Lover" brings to mind Supertramp's "Goodbye Stranger" from the Breakfast in America album. Most of the other tracks display a lot of raw emotion. Drawing from personal experience, he sings of love, heartbreak, pain, relationships and unattainable romance.
The first single "High" asks:
"Will you be my shoulder when I'm grey and older?
Promise me tomorrow starts with you"
Other prime tracks are "Wisemen" the second hit single; "You're Beautiful" about a love that can never be; and "So Long Jimmy" and "Billy" which up the tempo just a tad.
As the emotionally charged track "Cry" begins:
"I have seen peace, I have seen pain,
Resting on the shoulders of your name.
Do you see the truth through all their lies?
Do you see the world through troubled eyes?
And if you want to talk about it anymore,
Lie here on the floor and cry on my shoulder.
I'm a friend."
After you listen to this album, you'll feel you have a friend in James.
Back to Bedlam has been a top-30 album making it very affordable. Albums on the top-30 selling list can be purchased for about $13 in comparison to dated albums in the racks selling for about $25 to $30. What a steal for such a quality album. There is no need to burn this one.
Albums released nowadays are rarely enjoyed from the opening track to the very last one. This is one of the reasons downloading music has become popular. I enjoyed every track on this album. This was something I had not experienced for a very long time. James Blunt's style can be enjoyed by many contributing to his project's success. Back to Bedlam is James Blunt's personal journey but we can easily connect with it in our own way.
The lyrics are easily interpreted and the soft sounds can appeal to everyone. Hard core rockers can also appreciated a mellow tune from time to time, even if only to please their loved one. The sound is like nothing else out there and is worth giving a chance. Buy it for yourself or make a gift of it. You will not regret it.
Most recent customer reviews
Good music but super repetitive lyrics and the same intro to each song. I'll get bored quickly with this album.Published 8 months ago by Carolyn J. Kauth
Another purchase I made, was a new artist to me, I like the entire cd, also arrived on time and in perfect condition.Published 22 months ago by Kathy Verrier
The poignant voice and the lyrics sell this album completely. It is stirring. He has a deep grasp of how to move the soul.Published on June 23 2013 by eeyoore
Didn't I just review this??????????????????? Last time it was called 'Chasing Time: the Bedlam Sessions'. Read morePublished on Jan. 31 2013 by ann louise
At first, I didn't like James Blunt. I was wrong. This is an amazing album. I guess what changed my opinion about James Blunt was the song, Wisemen and Goodbye My Lover- which... Read morePublished on Feb. 18 2007 by Jason Hutton
To make a long story short, I was absolutely mesmerized when I first heard "Back to Bedlam" in May, 2006! This is a man who was meant for music. Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2006 by Canadian Girl