A review from the Seattle, WA show at The Paramount on November 13, 2005.
By Melody Alderman

It's nice to know I can still be surprised. By the fourth song in James Blunt's set, he was talking about giving himself head. It was in reference to some strange guitar move, which he felt resembled the act of self-induced-fellatio. Either way, it's not the kind of chat you'd expect from a singer willing to roll around on a beach in slow motion shirtless and wet, singing of unrequited love with such emotional sap you nearly expect to be attacked by a hive of bees.

Regardless of or maybe because of his naughty talk, James Blunt seems to be headed toward becoming one of the year's big breakout stars in the US. He's already reached major chart status in the UK, recently winning a Q Award and an MTV Europe Music Award for Best New Artist. Thanks to the confessionary and aforementioned love song "You're Beautiful" (which Elton John himself has dubbed a modern successor to "Your Song"), James has reached a broad audience through a diary entry style of writing. It's hard to believe such a seemingly sensitive Englishman could lead an army into Pristina, following a devastating civil war. I guess it does make sense though that the role he played was as a peacekeeper.

James is a talented songwriter who has an obvious and direct way of connecting with the crowd. At this rate, you would've thought he was the headliner rather than an opener for Jason Mraz. The songs he recorded on Back to Bedlam with the help of Tom Rothrock (Beck, Elliott Smith) translated well live with just James on guitar and Beardy on keys. Speaking of Beardy, the set came to an end with James announcing that he would be heading to the merchandise table to chat. He also added that Beardy would be accompanying him and would be available to make out with anyone who's interested. Then, he hesitated and said... "Maybe not the guys." Maybe? Good to know there's a chance.

With that, James informed the attentive crowd that he would now be playing his last song of the evening. The news was met with jeers from a crowd not prepared to say goodbye. Quite an accomplishment for an opening act. Makes you wonder what size of a crowd he could have pulled on his own. No pun intended.


Get to know James even better by taking a spin around his cyber world.

Amazon Take Him Home Tonight
Pollstar Be There Live
Facebook Become A Believer
Twitter Tweet, Peep, Chirp
Official Site It's Official

"Touched my heart, touched my soul
You changed my life
and all my goals
Love is blind and that I knew when
My heart was blinded by you
I've kissed your lips, held your hand
Shared your dreams
and shared your bed
I know you well, I know your smell
I've been addicted to you"

Song * Goodbye My Lover
Album * Back To Bedlam
"Trouble is her only friend
and he's back again
Makes her body older
than it really is
She says it's high time
she went away
No one's got much to say
in this town
Trouble is,
the only way is down"
Song * Carry You Home
Album * All The Lost Souls
"Tell me the wars you're fighting
Behind the smile you're hiding
All the things I know you want to say
We tried our best to find us
But there are no lights to guide us
I can't sleep beside a stranger now"

Song * So Far Gone
Album * Some Kind Of Trouble