James Blunt – The Afterlove

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 8/FILM - ROB LAVEN­DER

“If you thought 2016 was bad,” tweeted self-ef­fac­ing pop­star James Blunt last year, “I’m re­leas­ing an al­bum in 2017”. The You’re Beau­ti­ful singer is un­doubt­edly one of the wit­ti­est stars of so­cial me­dia, but does this trans­pose to mu­si­cal abil­ity? Well, he’s had four hit al­bums al­ready, and for this, he’s had help: his pal Ed Sheeran has penned some of the tracks, while a host of other time-served song­writ­ers have also chipped in. The re­sult is as pol­ished as one would ex­pect, but it’s also unin­spir­ing. Lead sin­gle Love Me Bet­ter was his low­est-chart­ing in al­most a decade. Fol­low-up Bar­tender is no bet­ter, with its hack­neyed re­frain: “Bar­tender can you pour me some love?” Not bad, by any means - but un­like his Twit­ter feed - it’s far from great.

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