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November 5, 2013 | By August Brown
Can we blame James Blunt for establishing that super-earnest British folkies can rule the mainstream pop charts? His treacly, inescapable 2004 single "You're Beautiful" earned huge sales and abject loathing from critics. His latest, "Moon Landing," is his sort-of attempt to get back to flintier, personal songwriting. He does manage to out-Mumford and out-Sheeran his countrymen on the rustic single "Bonfire Heart" (ironically, co-written with super-pop penman Ryan Tedder). Whether you want to hear James Blunt plowing that field is a conversation between you and your god. "Heart to Heart" has some upbeat sock-hop fun. But James Blunt titling a song "Always Hate Me?"
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November 5, 2013 | By August Brown
Can we blame James Blunt for establishing that super-earnest British folkies can rule the mainstream pop charts? His treacly, inescapable 2004 single "You're Beautiful" earned huge sales and abject loathing from critics. His latest, "Moon Landing," is his sort-of attempt to get back to flintier, personal songwriting. He does manage to out-Mumford and out-Sheeran his countrymen on the rustic single "Bonfire Heart" (ironically, co-written with super-pop penman Ryan Tedder). Whether you want to hear James Blunt plowing that field is a conversation between you and your god. "Heart to Heart" has some upbeat sock-hop fun. But James Blunt titling a song "Always Hate Me?"
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November 12, 2005 | Chris Lee
Each week, the spotlight will be on buzzworthy, little-known or still-emerging musicians. This week: James Blunt. James Blunt "Back to Bedlam" Custard Records Artist info: The British singer-songwriter built a sizable word-of-mouth following as an acoustic troubadour, and his single, "You're Beautiful," spent five weeks at No. 1 on the British singles chart. Back story: Blunt spent four years in the British army that included a stint on guard duty as the queen's "sovereign escort."
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February 9, 2008 | Sarah Tomlinson, Special to The Times
British singer-songwriter James Blunt has achieved perhaps the weirdest distinction in pop history. As he explained at his sold-out show Thursday at the Wiltern, he has written the most popular wedding song in Britain -- his breakout hit, "You're Beautiful," from his double-platinum debut album, "Back to Bedlam." He's also written what he said has become his country's most requested funeral song, "Goodbye My Lover."
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December 8, 2006
Record of the year "Be Without You" Mary J. Blige "You're Beautiful" James Blunt "Not Ready to Make Nice" Dixie Chicks "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley "Put Your Records On" Corinne Bailey Rae * Album of the year "Taking the Long Way" Dixie Chicks "St. Elsewhere" Gnarls Barkley "Continuum" John Mayer "Stadium Arcadium" Red Hot Chili Peppers "FutureSex/LoveSounds" Justin Timberlake * Song of the year (Performer) "Be Without You" Mary J.
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February 11, 2007 | Ann Powers
Mary J. Blige, "Be Without You" James Blunt, "You're Beautiful" Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready to Make Nice" Gnarls Barkley, "Crazy" Corinne Bailey Rae, "Put Your Records On" It's veterans versus newbies in this top category, and there's a lot of affection for strong-willed survivors Blige and the Chicks. Blunt has admitted that his song's as easy to hate as to love; Rae's is a summertime classic, but a little light, and she'll do better. "Crazy" spread like a virus, undeniable, and could surprise.
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July 8, 2007
I enjoyed Geoff Boucher's "Blunt's Shaking His Hit" (July 1) and wanted to add my thoughts. In November 2005, I had a shattering experience -- I was fired from my longtime job. Out of the blue, I was demolished by a boss who I adored in a position that I had planned to keep for at least five more years until I might retire. I'd heard James Blunt's single on TV, I got the CD in early December, and I began to listen to the whole thing.
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February 7, 2007 | TOM O'NEIL
Record of the year Voters may go nuts for "Crazy" (Gnarls Barkley) and Danger Mouse, who's up for producer of the year, but it's not nominated for the songwriter's award. Those feisty Dixie Chicks ("Not Ready to Make Nice") have broad support -- they're the only music act up in all three top categories (record, song and album). Beware of a "Be Without You" upset -- it's the first time beloved Mary J. Blige has been nominated in a top race.
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February 9, 2008 | Sarah Tomlinson, Special to The Times
British singer-songwriter James Blunt has achieved perhaps the weirdest distinction in pop history. As he explained at his sold-out show Thursday at the Wiltern, he has written the most popular wedding song in Britain -- his breakout hit, "You're Beautiful," from his double-platinum debut album, "Back to Bedlam." He's also written what he said has become his country's most requested funeral song, "Goodbye My Lover."
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February 7, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
EVERY year, some overwrought song comes along that half the world absolutely adores (at least for a while) while the rest of us pull our hair out every time it plays on the radio. These songs wouldn't seem to deserve trophies, but history shows that when a sappy hit sells like hotcakes, Grammy voters are the first to reach for the syrup.
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September 16, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
James Blunt "All the Lost Souls" (Atlantic Records) * * 1/2 Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds "Playlist" (Mercury Records) * * * 1/2 As oxymorons go, "soft rock" wields more power than most people admit. Largely dismissed as a watered-down, blown-dry corruption of liberated youth culture, it's been shoved into the category of "guilty pleasure" practically since its inception.
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July 8, 2007
I enjoyed Geoff Boucher's "Blunt's Shaking His Hit" (July 1) and wanted to add my thoughts. In November 2005, I had a shattering experience -- I was fired from my longtime job. Out of the blue, I was demolished by a boss who I adored in a position that I had planned to keep for at least five more years until I might retire. I'd heard James Blunt's single on TV, I got the CD in early December, and I began to listen to the whole thing.
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July 1, 2007 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
JAMES BLUNT has a steady stare and an even steadier smirk, and you suspect he needs both to keep standing in the spotlight. It's not easy being the guy whose place in pop culture (at least in American pop culture) begins and ends with the 2005 monster hit "You're Beautiful," a novelty concoction of helium and syrup that made him about as respectable as Vanilla Ice to critics and rock snobs. But "You're Beautiful" made Blunt the first British artist to hit No. 1 on the U.S.
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February 11, 2007 | Ann Powers
Mary J. Blige, "Be Without You" James Blunt, "You're Beautiful" Dixie Chicks, "Not Ready to Make Nice" Gnarls Barkley, "Crazy" Corinne Bailey Rae, "Put Your Records On" It's veterans versus newbies in this top category, and there's a lot of affection for strong-willed survivors Blige and the Chicks. Blunt has admitted that his song's as easy to hate as to love; Rae's is a summertime classic, but a little light, and she'll do better. "Crazy" spread like a virus, undeniable, and could surprise.
NEWS
February 7, 2007 | TOM O'NEIL
Record of the year Voters may go nuts for "Crazy" (Gnarls Barkley) and Danger Mouse, who's up for producer of the year, but it's not nominated for the songwriter's award. Those feisty Dixie Chicks ("Not Ready to Make Nice") have broad support -- they're the only music act up in all three top categories (record, song and album). Beware of a "Be Without You" upset -- it's the first time beloved Mary J. Blige has been nominated in a top race.
NEWS
February 7, 2007 | Geoff Boucher
EVERY year, some overwrought song comes along that half the world absolutely adores (at least for a while) while the rest of us pull our hair out every time it plays on the radio. These songs wouldn't seem to deserve trophies, but history shows that when a sappy hit sells like hotcakes, Grammy voters are the first to reach for the syrup.
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February 2, 2006 | Susan Carpenter, Times Staff Writer
JAMES BLUNT may be the only musician who can claim "queen's bodyguard" as a day job while gigging London at night. That's what the 29-year-old Brit was doing while writing many of the songs that now appear on his debut, "Back to Bedlam," which has sold more than 500,000 copies in the U.S. since its release in October. Nevermind that none of the songs has anything to do with Blunt's experience wearing a plumed helmet and sword while guarding Queen Elizabeth II's carriage on horseback.
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September 16, 2007 | Ann Powers, Times Staff Writer
James Blunt "All the Lost Souls" (Atlantic Records) * * 1/2 Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds "Playlist" (Mercury Records) * * * 1/2 As oxymorons go, "soft rock" wields more power than most people admit. Largely dismissed as a watered-down, blown-dry corruption of liberated youth culture, it's been shoved into the category of "guilty pleasure" practically since its inception.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 8, 2006 | Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer
THE DIXIE CHICKS are now officially an L.A. band. The trio started in Texas and soared to fame in Nashville but, after their well-documented odyssey through partisan politics, they were frozen out of the country music establishment, which denied them radio airplay and awards.
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December 8, 2006
Record of the year "Be Without You" Mary J. Blige "You're Beautiful" James Blunt "Not Ready to Make Nice" Dixie Chicks "Crazy" Gnarls Barkley "Put Your Records On" Corinne Bailey Rae * Album of the year "Taking the Long Way" Dixie Chicks "St. Elsewhere" Gnarls Barkley "Continuum" John Mayer "Stadium Arcadium" Red Hot Chili Peppers "FutureSex/LoveSounds" Justin Timberlake * Song of the year (Performer) "Be Without You" Mary J.
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