James Blunt stays true to signature style

‘Moon Landing’ is reminiscent of Blunt’s debut album, “Back to Bedlam.”  (Photo provided by digitalspy.com)
‘Moon Landing’ is reminiscent of Blunt’s debut album, “Back to Bedlam.” (Photo provided by digitalspy.com)

James Blunt returns after a short break from making music with his fourth studio album, “Moon Landing.” This album followed one that received lukewarm reviews.  “Some Kind Of Trouble,” which was released on Nov. 8, 2010.  “Moon Landing,’ released on Tuesday is an upbeat album that exemplifies Blunt’s style. It is rife with lyrics of love and loss, giving it the raw confessional style that we all associate with Blunt.

The album opener, “Face the Sun,” opens up in a somber way. This is the perfect placement of this song because it fits the general feel of this album and launches the listener into the coming-of-age songs that follow.

His first single off the album, “Bonfire Heart,” is an upbeat poetic love song that touches on not only the love one can feel for someone, but the fear that goes along with it.

The second track off the album is “Satellites.” This is an upbeat song in which James Blunt is questioning whether we’ve become satellites in focusing on things that don’t matter, such as seeing people on music videos, movies, etc. The third track off the album is called “Heart to Heart,” and is yet another upbeat track oabout troubles in a relationship, yet despite all the turmoil,the lines say, at the end of the day love trumps all.

The eighth track off the album is “Bones.” This is a liberating song. If you’re ever questioning any aspect of life, this song is a great pick to listen to, offering inspiration at a fast pace.

It will be interesting to see how this album’s success compares his debut album “Back to Bedlam,” released Oct. 4, 2005. They are opposites in their sounds. “Back to Bedlam” is more somber and “Moon Landing” being more upbeat; however, their quality is identical. The only difference is that “Moon Landing” was a little bit more mature.