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All The Lost Souls

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James Blunt - one of the most successful British artists this decade - is back with his first album in 3 years. The cover consists of hundreds of pictures of Blunt (from childhood to recent) which forms a photomosaic of his face. A third world debt-ridding amount of copies will be shifted of this album by the man who remains either a paragon of 'sensitive' singer songwriting to his fanbase, or a piece of cockney rhyming slang to the rest of the world. In other words, he still adheres to the Gray template the second time around, but he opens things up slightly with some spacy textures reminiscent of Coldplay and a heavy dose of classic popcraft" and finished the review saying "This makes All the Lost Souls soothing, not haunting.

A with his acclaimed live band - keyboardist Paul Beard, guitarist Ben Castle, bassist Malcolm Moore, and drummer Karl Brazil - `All The Lost Souls' is inspired by the iconic sounds of the `70s. Although I owned nearly all versions of this album this was one I missed until now, playing through a great DVD player and an amp with some quality speakers the DVD quality shines through. If all you know James for is Your Beautiful, you need to have a listen to this album, yes there are still some beautiful moments on here but all in all James Blunt knew he had far more in his locker to come. After an hour of listening to it exclaim platitudes and clichés over plucked strings and Elton-lite keys, drowning kittens seems like a really fine way to spend the afternoon. Although not the best of Blunts albums to date he has improved with each release, this being the second of his four studio albums.Once you heard any of his songs on the radio,switch off the radio QUICKLY and just enjoy his cd at your own pace. Moving slowly away from the laboured tracks of the first album, there are some superb uplifting tracks here, James proving he can provide a beat, more electric guitar than he is really comfortable with at this stage, but it doesn't show in the recordings themselves. Reading some of the less than flattering reviews I wondered 'could the lovely James have delivered a stinker here? Don't be fooled by those who scorn him as a one hit wonder or say he only appeals to the young girls known for following him around the world making sure they are in the front row at every show. His touring band, consisting of Paul Beard (keyboards and vocals), Ben Castle (guitar and vocals), Malcolm Moore (bass guitar and vocals) and Karl Brazil (drums and percussion), backed Blunt on the new album.

Why go for Blunt's dehydrated instant fix of heartache when you can luxuriate in the deeply moving work of a Jose Gonzalez or Ray LaMontagne? On the UK Singles Chart, the song peaked at number four, despite being at number one on the Airplay charts. Faced with a slew of angry Bluntophiles baying about the fact that we're snobs/haven't listened to the album more than once/don't understand his poor sensitive soul, what can you say?Love, Love, Love" was released as the second single from the deluxe edition of the album, charting in many countries.

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