Singing to the moon
pered vocals, it is an ideal that will annoy the living daylights out of a lot of people.
But take a second to appreciate Blunt’s distinctive vocals and maybe, just maybe, you’ll find some sort of appreciation for the immense sensitivity articulated in his fourth studio effort.
Despite the suffocating lovey dovey malarkey that’s spewed on a good number of the album’s cuts, Moon Landing is actually a pretty pleasant record.
Opening track Face The Sun, with its haunting piano, is a cinematic slow-burning ballad that’s quintessential Blunt. In other words, it will probably only further rile up those who despise the singer’s ubiquitous mellow sound.
But the album’s trajectory soon heads towards sunnier terrains as evident on tracks such as Satellites, Bonfire Heart and Heart to Heart.
“I’ve been putting out fires all my life / Everybody wants a flame, but they don’t want to get burnt,” sings Blunt on lead single Bonfire Heart. With all the kerfuffle surrounding his vocals, it’s easy to dismiss the man’s songwriting prowess.
A shame really, considering Blunt’s one of the rare male crooners who wears his heart on his sleeve. Although, it’s worth noting
(Universal Music) HAIM invoked some serious girl power when the line, “Honey I’m not your honey pie,” was delivered with so much stinging sass on the heads-will-roll My Song 5. With stomping basslines and rollicking guitar, it’s all very Alanis Morissette-ish (during the glorious grunge years, that is).
In many ways, the group’s music blueprint is staked upon the gritty sound of 1970s and 80s soft rock – a far cry from the band’s fluffy San Fernando Valley homebase in Los Angeles.
A quick search on the Internet dug up less-than-hipster ventures which include a cut on the soundtrack The Sisterhood Of The Travelling