All the Lost Souls

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James Blunt took the recording industry by storm with his debut disc, Back to Bedlam, and its inescapable single, "You're Beautiful." Now the Brit crooner -- who went from a nobody to a household name seemingly overnight -- tries to recapture the magic on a more sinewy set, All the Lost Souls, recorded with his touring outfit.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For as big a hit as it was, "You're Beautiful" wasn't necessarily representative of what kind of a singer/songwriter James Blunt is. It wasn't necessarily inaccurate, but it was misleading, suggesting that all this tremulously tuneful singer/songwriter wants to do is be sensitive -- ...
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James Blunt took the recording industry by storm with his debut disc, Back to Bedlam, and its inescapable single, "You're Beautiful." Now the Brit crooner -- who went from a nobody to a household name seemingly overnight -- tries to recapture the magic on a more sinewy set, All the Lost Souls, recorded with his touring outfit.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For as big a hit as it was, "You're Beautiful" wasn't necessarily representative of what kind of a singer/songwriter James Blunt is. It wasn't necessarily inaccurate, but it was misleading, suggesting that all this tremulously tuneful singer/songwriter wants to do is be sensitive -- that he aimed himself squarely at the middle of the road, crafting gentle music for housewives. That's not quite the case, as his 2007 sophomore effort, All the Lost Souls, makes plain. Surely, Blunt is wholly mainstream, a slicker, spirited variation on David Gray's elegantly upscale folk-pop, but he's not crassly commercial, deciding to disregard the path toward stultifying adult contemporary -- a path that "You're Beautiful" certainly pointed toward -- but he's also choosing to not write happy, harmless pop like Daniel Powter, still dwelling on moody, introspective midtempos. 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, learned equally from Elton John, David Bowie, and Paul McCartney. Oddly, the sum total of these influences turns Blunt into the heir to that forgotten strain of wimpy, wispy songwriter-driven British pop of the '70s embodied by such once-stars as Al Stewart, Leo Sayer, and Gilbert O'Sullivan. The ghost of Gilbert echoes throughout "One of the Brightest Stars," and while this allusion is quite likely inadvertent, it also doesn't seem to be a coincidence that the opening song and first single on All the Lost Souls is a song that celebrates "1973," because much of this album feels like it could have been recorded and released during that mid-'70s heyday of sensitive pop. The main difference is not the clean, modern production with its slight digital flourishes -- things that push the rhythms forward on "Give Me Some Love," one of the livelier moments here -- but that Blunt isn't some quivering bedsit bard; he's the babe who enthusiastically shed his clothes in the "You're Beautiful" video, somebody whose confidence infuses his brokenhearted laments and makes them feel not quite so melancholy. This makes All the Lost Souls soothing, not haunting, and it also removes many of the quirks that distinguished '70s albums by McCartney, O'Sullivan, Sayer, and Elton, so this won't quite seduce that kind of pop fan although this may hold more interest for them than they might initially think, nor will it win over anybody who can't quite get past the garbled, strangled soul affections of his voice, which remains his greatest liability -- but it will seduce anybody already won over by his 2005 debut, Back to Bedlam, since it's a tighter, more assured record than that. But chances are, they were seduced by Blunt already.
Rolling Stone - Christian Hoard
1/2 On All the Lost Souls, Blunt again delves into pretty folk pop, though he comes up with a couple of solid cuts in teh Bowie-minus-the-weird "One of the Brightest Stars" and "Give Me Some Love..."
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Willman
There's something almost punk rock about his steadfast refusal to rock.... Lost improves on the first disc at least five times over, partly because its starker focus might really take you back to...well, certainly not a club, but maybe an AM radio- equipped kid's bedroom circa 1973. Grade: B+

1/2 On All the Lost Souls, Blunt again delves into pretty folk pop, though he comes up with a couple of solid cuts in teh Bowie-minus-the-weird "One of the Brightest Stars" and "Give Me Some Love..."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2008
  • Label: Wea Japan
  • EAN: 4943674073535
  • Catalog Number: 12709
  • Sales rank: 202,121

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 1973 (4:40)
  2. 2 One of the Brightest Stars (3:11)
  3. 3 I'll Take Everything (3:05)
  4. 4 Same Mistake (4:58)
  5. 5 Carry You Home (3:56)
  6. 6 Give Me Some Love (3:36)
  7. 7 I Really Want You (3:29)
  8. 8 Shine On (4:26)
  9. 9 Annie (3:28)
  10. 10 I Can't Hear the Music (3:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Blunt Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Piano, Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Vibes, Pump Organ, fender rhodes
Suzie Katayama Strings
Ben Castle Electric Guitar, Vocals, 12-string Guitar
Paul "Beardy" Beard Piano, Hammond Organ, Vocals, Wurlitzer, Hammond B3
Malcolm Moore Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Strings, Vocals, Hawaiian Guitar
Karl Brazil Drums, Vocals
Malcolm Moore Acoustic Guitar
Mister Nau Piano
Mr. Nau Piano
Technical Credits
Tom Rothrock Producer, Audio Production
Mark Batson Composer
Don C. Tyler Mastering
Max Martin Composer
Steve McEwan Composer
Eg White Composer
R. Walt Vincent Digital Editing
Mike Tarantino Engineer
Todd Interland Management
Jimmy Hogarth Composer
James Blunt Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "All the Lost Souls" recaptures the magic that gives music its healing power -- IT'S THAT GOOD.

    Rarely does an album deliver on the promise of an unparalleled listening experience from start to finish, but "All the Lost Souls" does just that, as did its predecessor, "Back to Bedlam." One of my favorite songs is "I Really Want You." There's this girl I have a crush on, and the words in this song further give rise to the feelings I have for her. A great song can have a profound effect on a person, and if one song can do that, then the ten on this album can very well change a person's life. What "I Really Want You" did for me (or, rather, to me), any, if not all of the songs on this album can do for you. Add insight to your music collection -- buy this album today!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!

    It was freaking amazing, i just love him!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Nice Sophmore effort

    I was so sure that I was going to hate this album and I was pleasantly surprised. Very catchy songs that only get better with repeated listening. Recommend you add this to your collection.

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