James Blunt – Moon Landing {Deluxe Edition} (2013/2016) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

James Blunt – Moon Landing {Deluxe Edition} (2013/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 42:39 minutes | 964 MB | Genre: Pop
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Custard – Atlantic

“Moon Landing” is the fourth studio album from British singer-songwriter James Blunt. The album is produced by Tom Rothrock (Beck, Moby, Foo Fighters), who worked with James on his multi-platinum selling debut Back To Bedlam , with additional production from Martin Terefe (KT Tunstall, Martha Wainwright, Jason Mraz). The deluxe album format contains three additional tracks – “Telephone”, “Kiss This Love Goodbye” and “Hollywood”.

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.

01 – Face The Sun
02 – Satellites
03 – Bonfire Heart
04 – Heart To Heart
05 – Miss America
06 – The Only One
07 – Sun On Sunday
08 – Bones
09 – Always Hate Me
10 – Postcards
11 – Blue On Blue
12 – Telephone [Bonus Track]
13 – Kiss This Love Goodbye [Bonus Track]
14 – Hollywood [Bonus Track]



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