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  • Audio CD (Aug. 9 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Enhanced, Explicit Lyrics
  • Label: Warner Music
  • ASIN: B000301YY8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #11,790 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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 Blunt’s 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 cavalryman’s ballad-heavy debut is a clearly aiming to win the battle for the public’s hearts and minds. The U.K. success of singles like "You’re 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 that’s 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 there’s a lot of depth to this modern, musical hero. --Robert Burrow

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lambchops on Dec 6 2005
Format: Audio CD
I saw him on SNL a few days ago and bought this CD. I really like the CD, but my god is it ever over-produced!! THe appeal for me was the aching and emotion in his voice. That apparently was tossed out the window to make pop songs on this recording. Now, i do enjoy the recording..but the songs he did on SNL were far superior to these versions on here. Since we no longer have Jeff Buckley, hopefully this artist will pick up from where Jeff left off. Mr Blunts voice is very similar to the Adam Levine of Maroon 5...but not as much live...go figure?! Discovered by Linda Perry of Four Non Blondes fame. One thing i did not like was the blatant chord progression / instrumentation on "So Long Jimmy"...which is actually the Doors "Riders on the Storm". Sad but true. (I love the Doors!).
Still, one of the better performances i have heard in some time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By momo_adachi on June 3 2006
Format: Audio CD
There's a reason for Blunt's sudden rise to fame -- with a great, unique vocal, passionate delivery, well-written songs and lovely, easy melodies, this album offers a lot that's different from over-produced ubiquitous radio hits. With a complete, strong track list, it's difficult to imagine that this album wouldn't be a hit. Blunt has a few rocky missteps (like the bouncy 'So Long Jimmy', the album's weakest track) and Linda Perry's influence turns this album more ordinary and run-of-the-mill than it would have been if overseen by someone else. Still, here's hoping that Blunt's mix of folk, rock, pop and stunning balladry will spark a trend in the top 40, which could really use some renovations!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Dias on Jan. 11 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had heard great things about this CD. Unlike many others, the song that hit the air 'Your Beautiful' didn't particularly impress me. Decent song, but didn't grab me. I bought the CD after reading an article on James Blunt and after a friend played 'No Bravery' for me - not sure what got me to purchase the CD for one song. After listening to the entire CD, I am very happy I purchased it; I like every song on the album very much (Your Beautiful has also grown on me). I listen to everything (jazz, blues, rock, classical, country, metal, folk, rap) and can appreciate a good album. Of course some people aren't going to like this if they don't like this type of music, and no, he isn't Paul Simon, Cat Stevens - he is a talented James Blunt. His lyrics are a reflection of a guy with experience for his young years and the music is beautiful and emotional. It is, however, the honesty in his voice that really gets to the listener - the real clincher. His sound is also fresh and although his music isn't always uplifting, it does leave you feeling like you had a cathartic experience. This album will leave James Blunt with dedicated fans in the same way that Jack Johnson, Ben Harper and John Mayer do. The style is as different as the former are from each other, but I believe it will attract the same kinds of listeners. I would recommend this album.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Feb. 15 2006
Format: Audio CD
Women love James Blunt's voice. He catches the 'string' that runs down their insides like a sciatic nerve. Rob Thomas does the same thing.
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'.
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By Amanda Richards HALL OF FAME on June 28 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album is not something you'd expect from a guy who studied engineering, was a part of the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo, rode horseback for the Queen and watched over the Queen Mother as she lay in state. Colorful background aside, it's hard to imagine his reedy falsetto warbling through the streets of Serb villages or recording music in his landlady's bathroom, but that's exactly the way it happened for James Blunt.

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.

Amanda Richards
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By Funnypants on June 20 2006
Format: Audio CD
Although James Blunt is not a newcomer to the music scene, his album Back to Bedlam as propelled him to the top of the charts. It offers the very popular single You're Beautiful. Although it is the most recognized song it is only one of many great tracks on the album. Other hits include High, Out of my Mind, Goodbye my Lover, Tears and Rain and Wiseman.

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.
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