Blunt’s optimistic “trouble”

By Sarah Kingon

YouTube video: Stay the Night

Upbeat, bright, fresh and unexpected best describe James Blunt‘s third album, Some Kind of Trouble. While most of us can only think of the heart-wrenching lyrics of his first and biggest hit, You’re Beautiful, the new album brings a sense of bitter-sweet optimism to the track record of the pop-rock singer/songwriter. It reached the top ten and went platinum in Switzerland, Australia, Germany and many other countries worldwide.

Released on November 8 2010, the album, produced by Steve Robson, comprises of 12 tracks taking you on a spontaneous emotional roller-coaster ride. The somewhat folksy tunes of the opener, Stay the Night, add the desired element of optimism and innocence to the album that Blunt claims his previous albums, Back to Bedlam and All the Lost Souls, lacked. Catchy lyrics and a sexy, summer-loving vibe displayed in the music video seem to explain this song’s success. Referencing Bob Marley’s Is this Love and Michael Jackson’s Billy Jean, it is pleasant on the ear, leaving you in a cheerful mood – something unusual for Blunt’s work.

So far gone, my personal favourite, explains the heartache involved in letting go of a relationship.  Expressed through eloquent lyrics and the emotional depth that we have come to associate with Blunt, he speaks of a sacrificial love singing, “I’ll take the blame if it’s for your sake.” The stage lit up with a kaleidoscope of colours as he sang on his world tour this year, adding a cheerful tone to an otherwise gloomy track.

Nearing the end of the album, I’ll be your man recaptures the jovial, fun loving elements carried in the opener – enough to make millions of his devoted female admirers swoon.  The music video lacks a clear depiction of the lyrics.  It captures scenes from the Some Kind of Trouble world tour, which would better relate to a song like Super Star, consequently missing out on what might have been a brilliant music video.  I’ll be your man as well as the final song, Turn me on, bring listeners as close as Blunt will ever come to producing rock music in an attempt to demise Blunt’s sensitive image.

Not specifically taken for the album, the cover photograph depicts a child being thrown into the air, igniting an air of fragile optimism with which the tracks concur.  If the whiny, depressive songs on his previous album put you off, let Blunt bring a new kind of trouble to you with this unique, lively album.




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