He may not be Neil Armstrong but don’t be surprised if James Blunt is the favorite topic of every astronomer – and fan of great music – for the foreseeable future. The Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter announced July 29 that he will release his stratospheric fourth studio album “Moon Landing” in the U.S. on Nov. 5.
The eagerly anticipated new album was produced by Tom Rothrock (Beck, Moby, Foo Fighters), who also worked with Blunt on his multi-platinum selling debut “Back to Bedlam.” The album’s anthemic first single, “Bonfire Heart” – co-written by One Republic’s Ryan Tedder – was released today and can be heard here: http://youtu.be/rZB5LnNC-e0
The exceptional first taste of “Moon Landing” is vintage Blunt, as he heatedly intones, “Your mouth is a revolver firing bullets in the sky / Your love is like a soldier, loyal till you die / And I’ve been looking at the stars for a long, long time / I’ve been putting out fires all my life / Everybody wants a flame, but they don’t want to get burnt / And today is our turn.”
When the Army veteran released “Back to Bedlam” in 2004, it met with universal indifference – until the album’s third single, “You’re Beautiful,” came out. Seventeen million albums and 20 million singles later, Blunt is ready for the next remarkable chapter in his musical story.
“This is a much more personal album, and also quite back to basics,” commented Blunt on the new release. “It’s about me and Tom, the producer, finding where the story all started and where we are now. It’s an album about dreams, longing, first love.”
“Moon Landing” is to be Blunt, the artist at his best – a collection of songs that are raw, direct, and emotionally honest. There are songs of searing self-examination (“Always Hate Me,” “The Only One”) and unabashed declarations of love (“Postcards,” “Blue On Blue”).
And like all of Blunt’s best work, the engaging melody of “Bonfire Heart” will quickly etch itself into the listener’s conscience, inspiring them to hum along to the sweetly reflective verses.
Summing up the essence of the new album, Blunt professed, “There’s just something romantic, old-school and lonely about the moon landings. A nostalgic memory of something huge that we can hardly believe we once achieved, and for some sad reason, can’t achieve again – like first love.”
Fortunately for James Blunt’s millions of fans, that doesn’t apply to platinum-selling albums. November can’t get here fast enough.