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Released: Nov. 23, 2004

Rating: 3.874 (average of 8 ratings)

Genre: pop

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Album Tracks:

  1. High
  2. You’re Beautiful
  3. Wiseman
  4. Goodbye My Lover
  5. Tears and Rain
  6. Out of My Mind
  7. So Long Jimmy
  8. Billy
  9. Cry
  10. Bravery

Sales (in millions):

sales in U.S. only 2.23
sales in U.K. only - estimated 2.9
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. 5.0
sales worldwide - estimated 18.95


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart 1 10

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • You’re Beautiful (6/05) #1 US, #1 UK, #1 AC, sales: 1.0 m
  • High (10/05) #100 US, #16 UK, #37 AC
  • Goodbye My Lover (12/05) #66 US, #9 UK
  • Wisemen (3/06) #23 UK

Notes: A Japanese release added bonus tracks; there’s also a version with a second live disc.


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. one of the Top 100 All-Time World’s Best-Selling Albums

Back to Bedlam
James Blunt
“Soulful British crooner James Blunt’s wistful debut infuses the listener – in order – with rainy-day hope, the wistful comfort of unattainable love, and finally, world-weary resignation. While his parched and effeminate falsetto recalls Gasoline Alley-era Rod Stewart with a healthy dose of Antony and the Johnsons, it’s the late Elliott Smith who casts the largest shadow on Back to Bedlam. Predictable but effective four-chord guitar motifs are the chosen vehicle for the ex-Royal Armed Forces soldier, and when they connect (Wiseman, Goodbye My Lover, You’re Beautiful), it’s like a ‘Dear John’ letter from a lover who you know will remain a close but ultimately guarded friend.” JM

“Opening track High sets a determined midtempo pace that rarely wanes – it’s like an acoustic version of ‘Drive’ by the Cars with a Coldplay chorus. It’s a pace that would sink some records, but Bedlam’s perfectly rendered, under 40-minute run time ensures that the listener doesn’t suffer from a melancholy overdose.” JM

“Blunt recounts his harrowing experiences as part of the NATO peacekeeping force in Kosovo on the closer, No Bravery, and it’s a shock to hear all of the romantic lyricism that informed Bedlam up to this point reduced to ‘Old men kneel and accept their fate/Wives and daughters cut and raped/A generation drenched in hate,’ but it’s damn effective – as is the majority of this fine debut.” JM

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Last updated November 14, 2010.