Redbrick Music takes a look back at the best albums of 2017.Written by Pablo Doyle, Issy Campbell, Matt Hooper, Barney Whiteside, Niamh Brennan, louisabebb, Luke Bohanan, Sorcha Hornett, Kieran Read, Jack Lawrence, Charlotte Russell, Kat Smith, Greg Woodin, Emily Barker, Kirstie Sutherland, Thom Dent, Katie Leigh-Lancaster, Holly Carter, Luke Charnley, Alex Carmichael, Laura Mosley, Harry Hetherington, Josh Parker, jamesfhill, Jonah Corren, Zoe Screti, Rhi Storer & Suraj Hallan on 12th January 2018
Single Review: James Blunt – Time of Our Lives
Grace Duncan takes on James Blunt's uninspired new single
If you played this to me without telling me who was singing it, I would be able to tell you who it was. Perhaps he is hoping that sticking to what he knows will be what he needs to do to keep any sort of audience paying attention to him, but in reality, I think it is time he hung up the guitar.
Blunt’s rigid application of the rhyming couplet demonstrates his frankly lacklustre lyric writing ability. The chorus, ‘I'm feeling time moves slow / I'm seeing faces glow / None of them shine as bright / as you tonight’ feel forced and generic. I also don’t really understand why faces are glowing, to be honest, and I struggle to understand its relevance.
However, the romance of the lyrics and Blunt’s continued efforts to put his partners on a pedestal make me think that dating James Blunt would be a really good ego boost. He definitely thinks that this girl, and her entire family, is pretty great.
Regardless of the romance, like a wife who has been married for fifty years, the song struggles to reach a climax and remains at a monotonous tone for four and a half long minutes.
If this does, however, sound like your kind of deal, his album is out on 24th March.