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Back To Bedlam

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Download links and information about Back To Bedlam by James Blunt. This album was released in 2005 and it belongs to Rock, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 41:42 minutes.

Artist: James Blunt
Release date: 2005
Genre: Rock, Pop, Alternative, Songwriter/Lyricist
Tracks: 11
Duration: 41:42
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. High 4:02
2. You're Beautiful 3:32
3. Wisemen 3:42
4. Goodbye My Lover 4:18
5. Tears and Rain 4:04
6. Out of My Mind 3:32
7. So Long, Jimmy 4:24
8. Billy 3:36
9. Cry 4:06
10. No Bravery 4:01
11. Fall At Your Feet (Acoustic) 2:25

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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 ("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.