Future Past

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Future Past
Duncan james future past.JPG
Studio album by
Released12 June 2006
Recorded2005-2006 (London, United Kingdom)
GenrePop, swing
LabelInnocent Records
ProducerStephen Lipson, Matt Prime, Andreas Carlsson, Peter Vettese, Eg White, Andrew Lloyd Webber
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 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]

Track listing[edit]

1."Sooner or Later"Duncan James, Chris Braide, Jez AshurstStephen Lipson3:43
2."Suffer"Duncan James, Matt Prime, Tim WoodcockMatt Prime3:45
3."I Come Alive"Duncan James, Chris Braide, Andreas CarlssonAndreas Carlsson4:03
4."Can't Stop a River"Seal, Peter GordenoStephen Lipson3:53
5."I Don't Wanna Stop"Duncan James, Peter VettesePeter Vetesse4:02
6."What Are We Waiting For"Duncan James, Eg WhiteEg White3:52
7."Amazed"Marv Green, Chris Lindsey, Aimee MayoMatt Prime3:59
8."Turn My Head"Jamie Arlon, Timothy Arlon, Philip PickettStephen Lipson3:57
9."Letter to God"Chris Braide, Andreas CarlssonStephen Lipson3:33
10."Breathing"Duncan James, Peter Vettese, Pete FrancisPeter Vetesse3:34
11."Frequency"Duncan James, Chris Braide, Andreas CarlssonAndreas Carlsson3:48
12."Somebody Still Loves You"Duncan James, Chris BraideStephen Lipson3:27
13."Save This Moment for Me"Duncan James, Peter VettesePeter Vettese4:42

Charts and certifications[edit]