Staff WriterIt's been nearly three years since the ethereal James Blunt released an album, and in less than three weeks, Moon Landing will burn through the atmosphere and blast onto store shelves. Out Nov. 5, the project promises to be the singer-songwriter's most personal record to-date and possibly his last. "There's just something romantic, old-school and lonely about the moon landings," he said of the album's title. "A nostalgic memory of something huge that we can hardly believe we once achieved, and for some sad reason, can't achieve again - like first love." Much like his breakout record Back to Bedlam which contained his smash "You're Beautiful", Moon Landing is produced by Tom Rothrock -- who has also worked with Beck, Moby and Foo Fighters. He tells Billboard that the process for the new record began by creating and moulding songs for big arenas, but he wasn't sure how personally rewarding that would be. He explains, "“I have written it very much without an audience in mind. In many ways this is, perhaps, the album that I would have recorded if my fast album Back to Bedlam hadn’t sold in the way that it did.”
The album's first single "Bonfire Heart" climbed to No. 6 on the UK singles chart, a song with a "simple message," he notes. "Anyone can relate to [it]. That notion of connection. So the lyrics are really simple: People like us, we don’t need that much. Just someone to light the spark in our bonfire heart.’”
Despite not reaching such platinum success as in his heyday, he's not worried. “It’s not about selling," he asserts. “It’s not about units. I do what I do because it means something to me.”
Fans can take a listen to the album over at Billboard.
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