All the Lost Souls

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All the Lost Souls
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Studio album by James Blunt
Released 14 September 2007 (2007-09-14)
Recorded 2006–2007
Genre Pop rock, folk rock
Length 38:29
Label Atlantic, Custard, WEA
Producer Tom Rothrock, James Blunt
James Blunt chronology
Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions
(2006)
All the Lost Souls
(2007)
Some Kind of Trouble
(2010)
Singles from All the Lost Souls
  1. "1973"
    Released: 23 July 2007
  2. "Same Mistake"
    Released: 3 December 2007
  3. "Carry You Home"
    Released: 17 March 2008
  4. "I Really Want You"
    Released: 29 March 2008
  5. "Je réalise"
    Released: 28 February 2008
  6. "Love, Love, Love"
    Released: 17 November 2008
  7. "It Is My Song"
    Released: 2 January 2009

All the Lost Souls is the second studio album by James Blunt, released on 17 September 2007. It is the follow-up to his hugely successful 2004 debut album, Back to Bedlam.[1] The first single released from the album was "1973", which started radio play on 23 July 2007.[2]

Several songs on the album were performed at live shows during Blunt's 2006 tours, including "1973", "I Really Want You", "Annie" and "I Can't Hear the Music". His touring band, consisting of Paul Beard (keyboards and vocals), Ben Castle (guitar and vocals), Malcolm Moore (bass guitar and vocals) and Karl Brazil (drums and percussion), backed Blunt on the new album. Tom Rothrock returns as producer; Rothrock also produced Back to Bedlam.[3] Blunt also performed the song "Same Mistake" during his performance at the Live Earth concert in London. The album received mixed reviews, but peaked at number one in over 20 countries.[4]

Cover art[edit]

Victoria Newton of The Sun called the CD cover the "best in years",[5] The cover consists of hundreds of pictures of Blunt (from childhood to recent) which forms a photomosaic of his face.[5] Designer Nin Bose at Bose Collins joked that "James asked us not to use his face on the cover – so we put it on 1,000 times."[5]

Singles[edit]

The first single produced from the album was "1973". The single proved to become a massive hit, due to heavy airplay and satisfying sales. It performed below expectations in the US, peaking at number 73. On the UK Singles Chart, the song peaked at number four, despite being at number one on the Airplay charts. The second single taken from the album was "Same Mistake", which failed to chart in the US and had a differing successes in other countries, however, it was a major hit in many South American countries.

The third single released was "Carry You Home", which peaked at number 20 on the UK Singles Chart. The fourth and final single from the standard edition of the album, "I Really Want You", was only released as a promotional single, although a music video does exist. "Je réalise" was released as the first single from the deluxe edition of the album, exclusively in France. "Love, Love, Love" was released as the second single from the deluxe edition of the album, chariting in many countries. "It Is My Song" was released as the third and final single from the deluxe edition of the album.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 53/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
Digital Spy 3/5 stars[8]
Entertainment Weekly B+[9]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[11]
About.com 4/5 stars[12]
Billboard Positive[13]
Q 3/5 stars[14]
The Observer 4/5 stars[15]
NME 4/10[16]

The album received mixed reviews from critics: At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 53 out of 100, which indicates "mixed or average reviews", based on 21 reviews.[6] Kerri Mason, reviewing for Billboard, gave the album a positive review, saying that Blunt "shows the abandon and confidence of a long-term artist, not just a one-hit wonder". She continued "[he] still dwells on moody, introspective midtempos. In other words, he still adheres to the Gray template the second time around, but he opens things up slightly with some spacy textures reminiscent of Coldplay and a heavy dose of classic popcraft" and finished the review saying "This makes All the Lost Souls soothing, not haunting."[2] Liz Hoggard of The Observer gave it four stars out of five and called it "a terrific album". She praised "the dissonant guitar chords to the curly-wurly typography on the album cover. The anthemic 'Shine On' is exquisitely crafted while 'I Can't Hear the Music' hooks into your brain with its James Bond-style orchestration" and finished saying "But snobbery apart, this is a terrific album."[15]

NME was less impressed, saying, in a four out of ten review, that "Britain prayed James Blunt would retire, renounce music and go burn £50 notes for fun in his mansion...But he's only gone and come back. And improved, actually: we counted two more hits than Back to Bedlam."[16] Mike Joseph of PopMatters also gave the album four out of ten, and said in part: "Not to say that this album is awful, but there’s definitely something lacking here. Blunt’s voice is quite the acquired taste, and nothing on here really stands out or connects from a thematic or lyrical standpoint. Nothing really hits the heart; it’s all very precise and workmanlike."[17]

Chart performance[edit]

In Australia and Germany the album All the Lost Souls is certified Platinum for shipping over 70,000 and 200,000 copies respectively. All the Lost Souls is certificated Gold in Belgium, Estonia, Greece, the Netherlands[18] and Sweden. In Argentina, Australia, Canada, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy and the UK, the album peaked at number one on the album charts.

Track listings[edit]

  • Standard Edition
  1. "1973" (James Blunt / Mark Batson) – 4:40
  2. "One of the Brightest Stars" (James Blunt / Steve McEwan) – 3:11
  3. "I'll Take Everything" (Blunt / Eg White) – 3:05
  4. "Same Mistake" (Blunt) – 4:58
  5. "Carry You Home" (Blunt / Max Martin) – 3:56
  6. "Give Me Some Love" – 3:36
  7. "I Really Want You" (Blunt) – 3:30
  8. "Shine On" (Blunt) – 4:26
  9. "Annie" (Blunt / Jimmy Hogarth) – 3:25
  10. "I Can't Hear the Music" (Blunt) – 3:45
  • Standard Digital Edition Bonus Tracks
11. "I Really Want You" (Acoustic) – 3:28
12. "1973" (Acoustic) – 4:42
13. "Annie" (Live from Ibiza) – 3:41
14. "Dear Katie" – 2:20
15. "So Happy" – 3:36
  • Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks[19]
11. "Love, Love, Love" (Blunt) – 3:58
12. "Cuz I Love You" (Live) – 3:25
13. "Young Folks" (Live) – 2:58
14. "Breakfast in America" (live Supertramp cover) – 4:03
  • Deluxe Digital Edition Bonus Tracks
15. "It Is My Song" (Duet with Laura Pausini) – 3:28
16. "Je réalise" (Duet with Sinik) – 3:28
  • UK Standard Edition Bonus DVD
  1. "In the Studio with James Blunt"
  2. "The Making of All the Lost Souls"
  3. "1973" (Video) – 4:15
  4. "Return to Kosovo" (Preview) – 2:18
  • Australian Tour Edition Bonus DVD
  1. "Give Me Some Love" (Live From The MAX Sessions, Sydney)
  2. "I Really Want You" (Live From The MAX Sessions, Sydney)
  3. "So Long, Jimmy" (Live From The MAX Sessions, Sydney)
  4. "Carry You Home" (Live From The MAX Sessions, Sydney)
  5. "Wisemen" (Live From The MAX Sessions, Sydney)
  6. "Same Mistake" (Live From The MAX Sessions, Sydney)
  7. "1973" (Live From The MAX Sessions, Sydney)
  • American Target Edition Bonus DVD
  1. "1973" (Video) – 4:15
  2. "1973" (Making of the Video) – 4:55
  • Deluxe Edition Bonus DVD
  1. "Same Mistake" (Live at Abbey Road)
  2. "I'll Take Everything" (Live at Abbey Road)
  3. "1973" (Live at Abbey Road)
  4. "You're Beautiful" (Live in Paris)
  5. "Goodbye My Lover" (Live in Paris)
  6. "Carry You Home" (Live from the Sydney Opera House)
  7. "Wisemen" (Live in Ibiza)
  8. "One of the Brightest Stars" (Live in Ibiza)
  9. "1973" (Video)
  10. "Same Mistake" (Video)
  11. "Carry You Home" (Video)
  12. "I Really Want You" (Video)
  13. "Je Realise" (Video)
  14. "1973" (The Making of the Video)
  15. "Same Mistake" (The Making of the Video)
  16. "Carry You Home" (The Making of the Video)
  17. "I Really Want You" (The Making of the Video)
  18. "Return to Kosovo" (Documentary)
  19. "T5M Interview Special"

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina Albums Chart Platinum[44] 40,000
Australian Albums Chart[20] Platinum[20] 70,000
Austrian Albums Chart[21] Platinum 30,000
Belgian Albums Chart[22] Gold[22][23] 25,000
Canadian Albums Chart[24] 2x Platinum 200,000[45]
Czech Republic Albums Chart[26] Platinum 5,000
Danish Albums Chart[27] Platinum[27] 30,000
Estonian Albums Chart[29] Platinum[29] 10,000
Euro Albums Chart[28] Platinum[46] 1,000,000
French Albums Chart[24] Diamond[47] 750,000
German Albums Chart[30] 2x Platinum[48] 400,000
Greek International Albums Chart[31] Gold 16,000
Hungarian Albums Chart Gold 3.000
Irish Albums Chart[24] 5x Platinum 75,000
Japanese Albums Chart[33] Gold[49] 37,000[50]
Mexican Albums Chart[35] Gold 50,000
Mexican International Albums Chart[36]
Netherlands Albums Chart[37] Platinum[51] 70,000
New Zealand Albums Chart[24] Platinum[52] 36,000
Swedish Albums Chart[24] Gold[53] 25,000+
Swiss Albums Chart[24] 2x Platinum 60,000
UK Albums Chart[24] 2x Platinum 633,000
US Billboard 200[24] Gold 500,000[54]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

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