Future Past

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Future Past
Studio album by Duncan James
Released 12 June 2006
Recorded 2005-2006 (London, United Kingdom)
Genre Pop, swing
Length 54:03
Label Innocent Records
Producer Stephen Lipson, Matt Prime, Andreas Carlsson, Peter Vettese, Eg White, Andrew Lloyd Webber
Duncan James chronology
- Future Past
Singles from Future Past
  1. "Sooner Or Later"
    Released: 5 June 2006
  2. "Can't Stop A River"
    Released: 21 August 2006
  3. "Amazed"
    Released: 12 March 2007

Future Past is the debut and only solo studio album to be released by Blue band-member and singer, Duncan James.


James' solo career began in October 2004, when he collaborated with singer-songwriter Keedie on the single "I Believe My Heart", which was a number-two hit on the UK Singles Chart.[1] Shortly after, James began recording a solo album, with the help of producer Stephen Lipson, who had collaborated with the likes of Boyzone, Ronan Keating, Daniel Bedingfield and Will Young.[2] The album was released on 12 June 2006, a week after the release of the lead single, "Sooner or Later", which only peaked at #35 on the UK Singles Chart. Upon the week of release, the album only peaked at #55 on the UK Albums Chart. In an attempt to boost sales, "Can't Stop A River" was released as the album's second single on 21 August 2006 but this charted even lower than "Sooner or Later", only peaking at #59 on the UK Singles Chart.

It was heavily speculated at the time that James would be dropped from the label, until January 2007, when the music video for the album's third single, "Amazed", premiered on music channels throughout Europe. However, once again, the single's release failed to gain interest from the media and fans alike, and the single's release was cancelled in the United Kingdom, becoming a German-only release. Overall, the album sold less than 15,000 copies in the United Kingdom, and less than 150,000 copies worldwide. However, it found success in Italy, peaking at #2 on the Italian Albums Chart, for sales of more than 80,000 copies.[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Sharon Mawer of Allmusic gave the album two out of five stars, stating: "Despite having high hopes after the success of Simon Webbe and Lee Ryan's solo careers, and having a hit single already behind him, Duncan James' "Future Past" was doomed from the outset after the poor performances of the lead singles "Sooner or Later" and "Can't Stop a River", despite the latter being backed by the writing talents of Seal. Every one of the twelve songs fails to break the mid-tempo ballad barrier, with only "Letter to God" being an out-and-out slow ballad. There is definitely a need for greater contrast and stronger imagination, something which this album clearly lacks."[4]


No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Sooner or Later"   Duncan James, Chris Braide, Jez Ashurst Stephen Lipson 3:43
2. "Suffer"   Duncan James, Matt Prime, Tim Woodcock Matt Prime 3:45
3. "I Come Alive"   Duncan James, Chris Braide, Andreas Carlsson Andreas Carlsson 4:03
4. "Can't Stop a River"   Seal, Peter Gordeno Stephen Lipson 3:53
5. "I Don't Wanna Stop"   Duncan James, Peter Vettese Peter Vetesse 4:02
6. "What Are We Waiting For"   Duncan James, Eg White Eg White 3:52
7. "Amazed"   Marv Green, Chris Lindsey, Aimee Mayo Matt Prime 3:59
8. "Turn My Head"   Jamie Arlon, Timothy Arlon, Philip Pickett Stephen Lipson 3:57
9. "Letter to God"   Tasmin Archer, John Hughes Stephen Lipson 3:33
10. "Breathing"   Duncan James, Peter Vettese, Pete Francis Peter Vetesse 3:34
11. "Frequency"   Duncan James, Chris Braide, Andreas Carlsson Andreas Carlsson 3:48
12. "Somebody Still Loves You"   Duncan James, Chris Braide Stephen Lipson 3:27
13. "Save This Moment for Me"   Duncan James, Peter Vettese Peter Vettese 4:42

Charts and certifications[edit]