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All the Lost Souls
Artist: James Blunt
Label: Atlantic Records
Time: 10 Tracks 38:34
James Blunt came to fame in the late autumn of 2005 when his song “You’re Beautiful” became a top 10 single. While Blunt’s unique, high voice, struck a chord with me immediately, this was not the song that in my opinion showcased his strong songwriting potential. That was shown stronger on songs like “Goodbye My Lover,” “So Long Jimmy” and “Cry.” With his newest release All the Lost Souls Blunt takes a trip back into the history of piano based pop music.
The album opens with a minor key piano riff that gives us the feel of time travel, which is probably intentional considering the song is called “1973.” It is about desiring to go back in time to see a girlfriend that the protagonist lost in time. It is actually one of the better songs on this project.
On “One of the Brightest Stars” Blunt sounds a little bit like Tom Petty with his high falsetto voice, and it is about a fictional character that had a bright future, but ultimately met a quick demise.
“Carry You Home” features a slide guitar riff played over an acoustic guitar strummed at mid-tempo. This is in my opinion the best song on the album, both musically and lyrically, as Blunt sings about losing a close friend who is apparently close to death. It is powerful and one of those circumstances where music and lyrics fit together perfectly.
“Annie” returns to the star theme again, yet this time it talks about a positive example of a woman who became famous and successful.
Overall here, we have just a plain average album. There are ten tracks, and they are all pretty much hit or miss. There are really only four or five killer tracks among this sampling. It appears that James Blunt has joined the ranks of Jason Mraz and Hawk Nelson in terms of following up a great debut project with an average one. Chalk it up to another artist falling prey to the ‘sophomore slump.’ It’s an unfortunately bland trip through the history of piano pop.