James Blunt (born James Hillier Blount; 22 February 1974) is an English singer, songwriter and musician. A former reconnaissance officer in the Life Guards regiment of the British Army, he served under NATO during the 1999 Kosovo War. After leaving the military, he rose to fame in 2004 with the release of his debut album Back to Bedlam, achieving worldwide fame with the singles “You’re Beautiful” and “Goodbye My Lover”.
Blunt’s first album has sold over 11 million copies worldwide, topping the UK Albums Chart and peaking at number two in the US. “You’re Beautiful” was number one in the UK, the US and a dozen other countries. Back to Bedlam was the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK, and is one of the best-selling albums in UK chart history. By 2013, Blunt had sold over 20 million albums worldwide. He has received several awards, including two Brit Awards—winning Best British Male in 2006—two MTV Video Music Awards, and two Ivor Novello Awards, as well as receiving five Grammy Award nominations and an Honorary Doctorate for Music in 2016 from the University of Bristol. (wikipedia)
James Blunt’s greatest hits album, ‘The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021)’ celebrates songs spanning a stellar 17-year career that has spawned over 23 million album sales, a global smash hit with ‘You’re Beautiful’, two Brit Awards and two Ivor Novello Awards, as well as receiving five Grammy Award nominations.
Amongst the string of hit singles, ‘The Stars Beneath My Feet (2004-2021)’ will also include four new songs (‘Love Under Pressure’, ‘Unstoppable’, ‘Adrenaline’ & ‘I Came For Love’), as well as four exclusive live performances from around the world, including the Glastonbury Festival. It also features stunning tracks from his latest Gold-selling album ‘Once Upon A Mind’, including ‘Cold’, and the heartbreaking ballad for his father, ‘Monster’.
James’ classic 2004 debut album ‘Back To Bedlam’, was recently named as one of the top ten best-selling albums of that decade, and with ‘Once Upon A Mind’, James Blunt reinforced his reputation for writing honest, emotional songs that people can easily relate to. The album marked a return to what James Blunt does best – writing classic songs that touch both the heart and the head. Another side of James – his wit and charm – have in recent times been showcased via his always engaging. (jbhifi.com.au)
When I think of James Blunt, the only song that always springs to mind is: You’re Beautiful.
There are of course, many other hits that Blunt has had over his seventeen year career; I think of Love Under Pressure, 1973 and Goodbye My Lover – which are all included in this stellar 2 CD package.
Blunt seems to specialise in writing honest, emotional songs people can relate to which makes him so popular. There is also his wit and charm which you will discover if you see him live. He never takes himself too seriously which adds to his enduring appeal.
Among the string of hit singles, the album features four new songs as well as four live performances from around the world, including the Glastonbury Festival.
Rather than getting labelled with the ballads that made him famous, Blunt has latterly had success with European dance artists such as Robin Schulz, witnessed here on the track OK. The uptempo number meant that you were just as likely to hear his music in an Ibiza night club as well as on the radio.
Rather than starting the album with You’re Beautiful it appears as the fifth number on CD1, which I feel gives prominence to his other hits that might not be as well-known.
Monsters, the heart-breaking ballad for his father, follows and proves, that a strong melody with a good lyric sung from the heart really are the best ingredients for a memorable song.
CD2 has Coz I Love You performed live at Glastonbury and Where Is My Mind? (live in Paris), whilst Blunt is still popular here in the UK he seems to be even more popular in continental Europe.
No doubt the majority of these songs will be performed on his forthcoming arena tour. If you want a entertaining night out with good songs interspersed with his sharp wit there is no finer opportunity. (yorkshiretimes.co.uk)
James Blunt (vocals, guitar, piano)
many, many studio musicians (see booklet)
01. Love Under Pressure (Blunt/Savoretti) 3.10
02. 1973 (Batson/Blunt) 4.39
03. Wisemen (Blunt/Hogarth/Skarbek) 3.43
04. Same Mistake (Blunt) 4.58
05. You’re Beautiful (Blunt/Ghost/Skarbek) 3.33
06. Monsters (Blunt/Hogarth/Wadge) 4.20
07. Tears And Rain (Blunt/Chambers) (Blunt) 4.04
08. Bonfire Heart (Blunt/Tedder) 3.56
09. I Really Want You (Live In New York) (Blunt) 3.35
10. The Truth (Blunt/Robson/Tighe) 3.42
11. Heart To Heart (Blunt/Omelio/Parker) 3.26
12. Champions (Blunt/Crew/McDonald/Parker/Priddy) 3.13
13. Postcards (Blunt/Hector/Robson) 4.43
14. No Bravery (Live in London) (Blunt/Skarbek) 3.48
15. Adrenaline (Blunt/Bradley/Ibrahim/Jordan-Patrikios) 2.57
01. Smoke Signals (Blunt/Parker) 3.43
02. Unstoppable (Blunt/Crew/Jackson) 3.27
03. Goodbye My Lover (Blunt/Skarbek) 4.17
04. Coz I Love You (Live at Glastonbury) (Holder/Lea) 5.33
05. So Long, Jimmy (Blunt/Hogarth) 4.25
06. Carry You Home (Blunt/Martin) 3.54
07. The Greatest (Blunt/Cyphert/Robson) 3.11
08. High (Blunt/Ross) 4.03
09. Don’t Give Me Those Eyes (Blunt/McDonald/Moccio) 4.04
10. OK (feat. Robin Schulz) (Blunt/Mac/McDonald/Schulz) 3.10
11. Stay The Night (Blunt/Marley/Robson/Tedder) 3.32
12. Bartender (Blunt/Geiger/Jones/Parker) 3.13
13. Cold (Blunt/Robson/Tighe) 3.29
14. Where Is My Mind? (Live in Paris) (Francis) 3.48
15. I Came For Love (Blunt/Bradley/Robson) 3.01
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