Sound — 9
James Blunt has a unique sound for the current British scene, which is dominated by bands like Block Party and Arctic Monkeys etc. Although these are great bands, I find that Blunt's style and approach to his sound is much more geniune. His sound ranges from beautifully strummed guitar lines "Tears and Rain" to piano ballads "Goodbye My Lover." Blunt draws from his experiances in the army and his relationships, and these add upto a soothing and relaxing yet thoughtful sound.
Lyrics — 10
Lyrics are amazing, vocals are fantastic, alot of high pitched almost falsetto range vocals that suit the music well. Blunt has a very good talent for writing beautiful and personal lyrics, drawn from his stint in the British army during which he served as a peacekeeper in the Kosovo conflict. He also draws from his relationships with loved ones and friends, and these tales are very well woven into the fabric of the album.
Overall Impression — 10
Amazing. My favourite songs are "Tears And Rain," "Cry" and "Goodbye My Lover." If it was stolen, I would buy another very quickly from my friend. Overally, this is a great album that shows even greater promise for a rising talent and, he's English - thanks God. Makes me proud again.