12 Songs, 43 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a short hiatus, James Blunt returns with graceful energy on his fourth studio endeavor, Moon Landing. Musing on themes that are as ethereal as the title title suggests—love, loneliness, and longing—Blunt offers richly accompanied melodic hooks, evocative lyrics, and disarming poignancy. His skill as a ballad singer makes the mournful, string-adorned “Miss America” (an homage to Whitney Houston) an evocative highlight, but Moon Landing is largely an upbeat affair. From the gradual cinematic crescendo of “Face the Sun” to the silvery acoustic guitars and thumping bass drum of “Bonfire Heart,” Blunt sounds wholly invigorated, achingly reflective, and more confident than ever.

EDITORS’ NOTES

After a short hiatus, James Blunt returns with graceful energy on his fourth studio endeavor, Moon Landing. Musing on themes that are as ethereal as the title title suggests—love, loneliness, and longing—Blunt offers richly accompanied melodic hooks, evocative lyrics, and disarming poignancy. His skill as a ballad singer makes the mournful, string-adorned “Miss America” (an homage to Whitney Houston) an evocative highlight, but Moon Landing is largely an upbeat affair. From the gradual cinematic crescendo of “Face the Sun” to the silvery acoustic guitars and thumping bass drum of “Bonfire Heart,” Blunt sounds wholly invigorated, achingly reflective, and more confident than ever.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
454 Ratings
454 Ratings
HannahBear616 ,

Where's BabyTard?

Im feeling conflicted; I don't know if i can buy this when babytard isn't on the cover haha ;) Great two songs so far, i know the rest of the album will be great!

SexyMocha4u ,

My Favorite Singer!

I have to say, each album he has come out with, he has changed it up a bit. I am really excited for the full album; he is useing the same producer he used forback to bedlam.

mzspaztastic ,

Hands Down His Best Album Yet

I'm a long time James Blunt fan. Each of his albums has a distinct sound and this one is by far his peppiest with a lot of fast-plucking bass and some techno-y beats. Here are my thoughts, song by song. Keep in mind I’m not a music person so I might not be using the right “terms” but they come from the heart!

Face the Sun
What it’s about: Sad breakup song but with a more upbeat ending.
Best part: Fantastic musical interludes. It picks up and makes your heart race.
Favorite line: “All the flowers turn to face the sun.”

Satellites
What it’s about: The second single released from the album, it’s a social commentary on how people depend on technology and, therefore, miss out on actual human experiences.
Best part: His mocking tone when he sings my favorite line.
Favorite line: It’s a toss up between the chorus, “Seems that everyone we knows is – Out there waiting by a phone – Wondering why they feel alone,” or “Did you know none of it’s real if you can’t feel - The beating of someone’s heart.”

Bonfire Heart
What it’s about: The first single from the album, this one is very reminiscent of bands like The Lumineers and those other bands that have a chorus of people singing together. It has a bluegrass feel.
Best part: The chorus of people singing together. It’s just fun.
Favorite line: “Your love is like a soldier, Loyal ’til you die.”

Heart to Heart
What it’s about: A normal relationship. There are ups and downs and sometimes you don’t know what the other one is thinking, but at the end of the day you see “eye to eye and heart to heart.”
Best part: He overlaps his own singing with himself. It’s double the fun.
Favorite line: “You shine even on a rainy day.”

Miss America
What it’s about: Whitney Houston. It’s a heartbreaking tribute and once you know it’s about her it’s really obvious. The album also has an acoustic version.
Best part: It made me cry.
Favorite line: “And I feel like if I know you through the buzz of a song,” because that’s how I feel about James Blunt.

The Only One
What it’s about: Apologizing to a loved one that you screwed things up with and hoping they still marry you.
Best part: The whole song. It’s hands down my favorite on the album, which is why I embedded the video.
Favorite line: “Chances are I’ll make it worse - But I need to - Tell you - Tell you that I’m sorry,” because it’s so true.

Sun on Sunday
What it’s about: A man who doesn’t realize that his love is falling apart in front of them.
Best part: It reminds me of an 80′s ballad.
Favorite line: “How was I so blind to miss you crumbling inside?” I think we’ve all missed some warning signs when it comes to other people in our lives, whether they are friends or lovers.

Bones
What it’s about: An unpopular guy who has dreams heads out into the world and feels the adrenaline of life running through his bones.
Best part: It made me dance around my living room with my iPad while snapping my fingers.
Favorite line: “Never liked the sound of my own voice,” because it’s like he’s mocking the haters.

Always Hate Me
What it’s about: Realizing that you were a crappy boyfriend when you see your ex with someone else and then thinking they are the cold one.
Best part: Everyone can relate. At some point, we’ve all either dated a crappy person or, truth be told, been the crappy person.
Favorite line: ”Never thought I’d drown in my shallow heart.”

Postcards
What it’s about: Reminiscing about an old love, probably the first.
Best part: It has a tropical sound to it, which is reminiscent of my grape dream on the beach.
Favorite line: This one was easy because the first verse also reminds me of this. “Sunday sitting on your – back porch - And I came on with a couple of chords - And I played for you…. And as you sit there making daisy chains.”

Blue on Blue
What it’s about: A guy who loves a girl and is waiting for her answer.
Best part: He sings with himself again.
Favorite line: “Thought that I will never feel the way that I do.”

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