Moon Landing (album)

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Moon Landing
Studio album by James Blunt
Released 18 October 2013
Recorded 2012–2013
London, New York, Los Angeles[1]
Genre Pop rock, folk rock
Length 43:18
Label Custard, Atlantic
Producer Tom Rothrock, Steve Mac, Steve Robson, Dan Wilson, Ryan Tedder
James Blunt chronology
Some Kind of Trouble
(2010)
Moon Landing
(2013)
Singles from Moon Landing
  1. "Bonfire Heart"
    Released: 4 October 2013
  2. "Heart to Heart"
    Released: 3 February 2014
  3. "Postcards"
    Released: 19 May 2014
  4. "When I Find Love Again"
    Released: 16 September 2014

Moon Landing is the fourth studio album by British singer-songwriter James Blunt, released on 18 October 2013. The album is the follow-up to 2010's Some Kind of Trouble, making it Blunt's first new material in three years. The album features production from the likes of Tom Rothrock, Steve Mac, Guy Chambers and Steve Robson, and was executively produced by Tom Rothrock, who worked with Blunt on 2004's Back to Bedlam.[2]

The first single from the album "Bonfire Heart" debuted at number six before peaking at number four the following week in the UK Singles Chart. The single peaked at one in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. It was in the top 10 in different countries all over the world.

On 21 Oct 2014 the album was re-released as "Moon Landing - Apollo Edition" with five bonus tracks.

Background[edit]

On 11 July 2013, Blunt announced that he had finished recording his fourth studio album, entitled Moon Landing.[3][4] The album features production from Back to Bedlam producer Tom Rothrock.

The lead single, "Bonfire Heart", was released on 4 October 2013.[5] The song "Miss America" is a tribute to Whitney Houston, as revealed by Blunt in an acoustic video of the song on his YouTube channel. Blunt's return to music received widespread press coverage, after an error in the mailing system lead to the link to "Bonfire Heart" being e-mailed to a large number of e-mail accounts in the United Kingdom.[6] Unplugged versions of the songs called "Miss America" and "Face The Sun", and the lyrics video of the song "Satellites" were unveiled on YouTube.

On September 16 2014, Blunt confirmed on his official Instagram account that Moon Landing would be re-released on November that same year. That new version of the album will be named Moon Landing - Apollo Edition and will contain 19 tracks: the 11 of the original disc, plus the 3 bonus tracks of the album's deluxe version (Telephone, Kiss This Love Goodbye and Hollywood) and five new tracks (Smoke Signals, When I Find Love Again, Breathe, Trail of Broken Hearts and Working it Out). The new track When I Find Love Again was released as a single that same day, after being played in BBC's Radio 2 for the first time ever. This new version of the album will also contain an 19-track live DVD recorded during Blunt's performance in the 2014 edition of the Paléo Festival.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 49/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Wordmark of AllMusic (2013).png 3.5/5 stars[8]
The Guardian.svg 2/5 stars[9]
The Evening Standard 4/5 stars[10]
Musicomh2009.gif 2/5 stars[11]
The Observer logo.svg 1/5 stars[12]
Rolling Stone logo.svg 2.5/5 stars[13]

Moon Landing received mixed reviews from music critics.[7]

Track listing[edit]

The album is available in three editions – a standard 11-track release, deluxe 14-track release and super deluxe box set, containing a bonus DVD, handwritten lyric booklet and special photographs from the making of the album, with the first five hundred to be signed by James himself.[14] The Japanese edition will also contain three exclusive bonus recordings.[15]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Face the Sun"   James Blunt, Steve Robson Tom Rothrock 4:03
2. "Satellites"   Blunt, Claude Kelly, Steve Mac Tom Rothrock 3:12
3. "Bonfire Heart"   Blunt, Ryan Tedder Tedder 3:58
4. "Heart to Heart"   Blunt, Daniel Parker, Daniel Omelio Terefe, Robopop 3:29
5. "Miss America"   Blunt, Wayne Hector, Mac Tom Rothrock 3:07
6. "The Only One"   Blunt, Hector, Mac Tom Rothrock 3:41
7. "Sun on Sunday"   Blunt, Kelly, Mac Tom Rothrock 3:18
8. "Bones"   Blunt, Hector, Mac Tom Rothrock, Mac 2:53
9. "Always Hate Me"   Blunt, Ammar Malik Tom Rothrock 3:37
10. "Postcards"   Blunt, Hector, Mac Terefe 4:46
11. "Blue on Blue"   Blunt, Steve McEwan Terefe 3:53

Chart performance[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[45] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[46] Gold 7,500x
Canada (Music Canada)[47] Gold 40,000^
Germany (BVMI)[48] Platinum 200,000^
Hungary (MAHASZ)[49] Platinum 6,000x
New Zealand (RMNZ)[50] Gold 7,500^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[51] Platinum 30,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[52] Platinum 300,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Version Format Label
Australia 18 October 2013 Standard, deluxe CD, digital download Custard Records, Atlantic Records
New Zealand
Ireland
Germany
United Kingdom 21 October 2013 Standard edition
Deluxe edition
Super deluxe edition
Italy 22 October 2013 Standard edition
Canada Standard edition
Deluxe edition
South Korea Deluxe edition
Japan 23 October 2013 Japanese edition
Greece 1 November 2013 Standard edition The Spicy Effect[53]
United States 5 November 2013 Standard edition
Deluxe edition
Custard Records, Atlantic Records

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