Singing to the moon

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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

Haim

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