After flirting with electronica on his last album, James Blunt returns to what he does best on new album ‘Once Upon A Mind’, writing classic songs that touch both the heart and the head. The album’s first taste arrives in the shape of the breezy, ‘Cold’, an effervescent modern spin on love.
There’s a freshness that resonates throughout the eleven new songs that make up ‘Once Upon A Mind’, his 6th album, released October 25th on Atlantic Records. A UK tour for early 2020 will be announced shortly.
On the new album, James has worked with a variety of producers including Steve Robson, Jimmy Hogarth and TMS. Highlights are many and include the poignant ballad ‘Monsters’, the pop swagger of ‘5 Miles’ and the country tinged ‘Halfway.’ There’s a warmth that permeates the entire album, and a real sense of personality.
“I think this is the most honest album I have ever made.” James Blunt says.
“Back To Bedlam was similar in that I had been writing those songs for a while about my life experiences at that time, and they came together on my debut. And every song on this album represents something that I’m currently going through or have recently experienced. It’s a very personal record, and I’m proud I can share it.”
James Blunt released that classic first album, ‘Back To Bedlam’, in the autumn of 2004 and soon after the single ‘You’re Beautiful’ became a global smash hit. He has sold over 23 million albums and has showcased his wit and charm more recently with his always engaging twitter account.
James kicks off the tour February 14th in Birmingham and finishes at London’s Royal Albert Hall playing shows across Europe throughout the run.
Tickets go on sale Friday September 6th
James plays the following UK shows:
Fri 14th BIRMINGHAM, Arena Birmingham
Sat 15th MANCHESTER, Manchester Arena
Sun 16th HULL, Bonus Arena
Mon 17th NEWCASTLE, Utilita Arena
Wed 19th GLASGOW, SEC Armadillo
Thurs 20th NOTTINGHAM, Nottingham Arena
Fri 21st CARDIFF, Cardiff Arena
Sat 22nd BRIGHTON, Brighton Centre
Tues 7th LONDON, Royal Albert Hall