Displaying a huge musical growth, James Blunt's All the Lost Souls is his sophomore effort. Featuring"1973: as the extraordinary single, this album is another outstanding achievement.
We'll be Blunt: If we ever have to hear "You're Beautiful" again, somebody's gonna die. Horribly. Of course, that's not the dashing UK soloist's fault. Every halfway decent artist and their halfway decent singles are overplayed, from Outkast to Gnarls Barkley to Rihanna. What's different here is that James is, of course, a thin white duke of a Brit, the first since Sir Elton to tug so tightly on our American heartstrings. Our man conjured the Bee Gees early and often on the remainder of 2005 breakout Back to Bedlam, so we're hoping for a little more guitar bombast on this follow-up. He's been debuting new cuts like "Same Mistake" and "Annie," as well as new single and album leadoff track "1973" on tour. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, downloaders! Actually, wait, no, we were just kidding! Cease and desist!