James Hillier Blount (born 22 February 1974), better known by his stage name James Blunt, is a British singer-songwriter who rose to fame in 2004 with the megahit "You're Beautiful". It got played to death on the radio, to the point that a lot of people were heartily sick of the sound of his voice. Coupled with other artists being shunted off festival bills in favour of Blunt due to his newfound prominence, there was a huge backlash amongst the British public under the rather blunt catchphrase "James Blunt is a c**t".
Blunt however was unfazed by this and due to his solid work ethic, support for charities and continuing to release popular albums and singles, the hate has mostly faded from the public consciousness and Blunt has gone on to sell over twenty million albums. In 2016 he semi-humorously passed on his "is a c**t" moniker to a controversial UK politician.
- Album Title Drop: In his song "I Can't Hear the Music" from his second album All The Lost Souls:And when you sell your soul for a leading role; will the lost souls be forgotten?
- Barefoot Suicide: In the video for "You're Beautiful," Blunt goes through a ritualized suicide where he partially undresses, including taking off his shoes and socks, then jumps off a cliff into water.
- Bowdlerise: In the radio version of "You're Beautiful", "fucking high" got changed to "flying high".
- Call-Back: His 2017 single "Love Me Better" includes the sentence "Would have said you're beautiful but I've used that line before".
- The Captain: He was a British Army officer (and rose to this rank) for six yearsnote , who served in Kosovo during the 1999 NATO bombing campaign and was involved a crisis between NATO troops and Russian troops occupying Pristina airport. General Mike Jackson refused an order for Blunt's unit to attack Russian forces, certain that it would kick off World War III.
- Comfort the Dying: Carry You Home, sung from the point of view of Death trying to do this to someone dying of cancer.A song for your heart
But when it is quiet,
I know what it means, and
I'll carry you home
I'll carry you home
- Cry into Chest: "Cry" is about letting a loved one do this.
- Deadpan Snarker: Seriously, just read his Twitter feed. You troll Blunt at your own risk; he is the master of the comeback.Random tweeter: Now I have James Blunt stuck in my head
JB: And my balls on your chin.
- Four More Measures: His famous song "You're Beautiful". Especially notable as the singer himself screws it up deliberately in the version released to the public. The "Weird Al" Yankovic parody lampshades this fact.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: From "Annie":But the walls came tumbling down, down
Will you go down on me?
- His Own Worst Enemy: Some of his songs concern this, for example "Same Mistake" and "Tears and Rain".(from "Same Mistake"): And so I sent some men to fight
And one came back at dead of night
Said he'd seen my enemy
Said he looked just like me
So I set out to cut myself, and here I go.
- Incredibly Long Note: The Title Drop of "High" lasts quite a while.
- Jaded Washout: The song "Tears and Rain"Far, far away; find comfort in pain
All pleasure's the same: it just keeps me from trouble
It's more than just words: it's just tears and rain
- Precision F-Strike: From the song "You're Beautiful".She could see from my face that I was... fucking high
- Protest Song: "No Bravery" is an anti-war song where Blunt tells what he's seen when he was in Kosovo.
- Recycled Lyrics: Hilariously defied in "Love Me Better":
- Refrain from Assuming: "1973" is sometimes thought to be called "Here We Go Again".
- Scatting: Appears in 3 chords in "You're Beautiful" and at the end of "Out of my Mind".
- At the height of the overplaying of "You're Beautiful" and the "James Blunt is a c**t" backlash, Blunt appeared on an episode of Top Gear and promptly won over both the audience and the viewing public by cheerfully demonstrating his total willingness to take the piss out of himself, his music and the ridiculous hype about the song.
- "If you thought 2016 was bad — I'm releasing an album in 2017."
- This tweet
- Sequel Song : You're Beautiful and Cold are both in the same key of Eb major. Cold shows James Blunt retrieving many of the items he lost in You're Beautiful, and is set at sea like how You're Beautiful ended.
- "Tears and Rain" mentions Dorian Gray.
- The line "Billy's got himself a gun" in "I Can't Hear The Music" is a quote from "Disorder" by Slayer.
- "I Can't Hear the Music" also mentions The Lonely Hearts Club Band.
- "Stay The Night" includes the lyric "Just like the song on my radio said, we'll share the shelter of my single bed." The song in question is "Is This Love?" by Bob Marley.
- "1973", being an ode to the 70s club scene, is naturally loaded with references to the music of that time.
- Singing Voice Dissonance: Compare James Blunt and his somber singing tone with the enthuastic voice he speaks with.
- Unfortunate Names: "James Blunt" became cockney rhyming slang for cunt.
- War Is Hell: The topic of "No Bravery".There are children standing here, arms outstretched into the sky
Tears drying on their face
He has been here
Brothers lie in shallow graves, fathers lost without a trace
A nation blind to their disgrace
Since he's been here