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Monday, July 29, 2013

James Blunt - Bonfire Heart

James Blunt - Bonfire Heart
I have kind of an interesting history with James Blunt; that is to say, none.  I've heard songs of his on the radio in the past but never paid much attention to him.  His voice is certainly distinctive; an acquired taste but memorable.  The early singles I heard from him seemed a bit derivative.  He was being marketed in the same vein as artists such as Dave Matthews and John Mayer, neither of whom is a particular personal favorite.

"Bonfire Heart" is quite different in tone and tenor, however.  While it's difficult to judge from just one song, it sounds as if Blunt has found himself musically.  The same distinctive sound and approach to songwriting are here, but there's an irresistible pop sensibility at the core of "Bonfire Heart", and it sounds like Blunt is actually having fun.  The string-laden arrangement helps to contain the vibrant energy of the song, giving it the feeling of a pent up love about to burst.

"Bonfire Heart" debuted on BBC Radio 2 this morning, and is the first single from Blunt's forthcoming album, Moon Landing (October 2013).  Don't be surprised if it turns into a major summer hit on both sides of the pond.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (Out of 5)

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