Moon Landing [Bonus Track]

Moon Landing [Bonus Track]

by James Blunt


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Moon Landing [Bonus Track]

James Blunt may never live down the success of his first single, "You're Beautiful." It made him a star in 2004 yet it also pegged him as the kind of sad-sack singer/songwriter beloved of doctors' offices the world over, which may be enough to sustain a living but not a career. Blunt is savvy enough to realize this and he started to broaden and enliven his craft fairly quickly, abandoning the slow-footed ballads of Back to Bedlam for a richly textured pop that eventually gained some semblance of color by the time Some Kind of Trouble rolled around in 2010. Three years later, Moon Landing arrived and although its title suggest some kind of spectral scope, it's not quite as lively as its predecessor, preferring the exquisitely textured adult contemporary pop of Dido, but giving those intricately produced ballads insistent melodies and rhythms. Sometimes, Blunt's phrasing can lapse into solipsistic moans -- this is especially true when the electronics are stripped away and the tempos slow -- but when everything is relatively sprightly, the feel is surprisingly appealing, even though Blunt can't help but piggyback on styles that are a guaranteed rocket to the Top 40. This is most evident on "Bonfire Heart," a Ryan Tedder collaboration that pounds and stomps in the style of the Lumineers, and there are echoes of Maroon 5 in the octave jumps of "Always Hate Me," but these pandering lapses -- accentuated by an unnecessary tribute to Whitney Houston called "Miss America" -- do not detract from an album that is, by many measures, Blunt's richest and best collection to date. [Also released with a bonus acoustic version of "Miss America."]

Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2013
Label: Atlantic
UPC: 0825646402342
catalogNumber: 536701
Rank: 13122

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Blunt   Primary Artist,Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Celeste,Ukulele,Vocals,Moog Synthesizer,Guitar (Resonator)
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
Gia Ciambotti   Background Vocals
David Davidson   Violin
Paul Gendler   Guitar
John Nau   Hammond Organ
Kristin Wilkinson   Viola
Neil Conti   Drums
Steve Mac   Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Performing Ensemble
Glen Scott   Piano,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Wurlitzer
Martin Terefe   Bass,Background Vocals
Mike Armstrong   Strings,Performing Ensemble
Ilya Toshinsky   Bouzouki,Mandolin
John Garrison   Guitar,Celeste
Sasha Kristov   Bass
Ryan Tedder   Organ,Guitar,Piano,Accordion,Drums
Karl Brazil   Drums
Charlie Paxson   Hi Hat
Love Sponge   Strings
James Bryan   Guitar
Sofia Wellesley   Background Vocals
Matt Chait   Bass,Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Steve Robson   Composer
Tom Rothrock   Producer
Ken Sluiter   Engineer
Steve Mac   Composer,Producer
Steve McEwan   Composer
Martin Terefe   Producer
Danny Parker   Composer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Robopop   Producer
Ryan Tedder   Composer,Producer
Andy Hayes   Artwork
James Blunt   Composer,Producer
Claude Kelly   Composer
Sheila Richman   Public Relations
Steve Price   Engineer
Dan Massie   Producer
Smith Carlson   Engineer
Murray Chalmers   Public Relations
Pat Dicenso   Engineer
Sam Keyte   Engineer
Dan Omelio   Composer
Ammar Malik   Composer,Producer
Bose Collins   Artwork

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