Following the release of the touching ‘Champions’, James Blunt today reveals a fourth track, the heartbreakingly beautiful ‘Monsters’, to be taken from his upcoming sixth studio album, ‘Once Upon A Mind’ – out October 25th on Atlantic Records.
‘Monsters’ is simple, minimal and stark. A heartbreaking ode from a son to his father, the track showcases James’ emotional vocal line at its strongest and is sure to reduce even the most resilient to tears. On the track James reflects,
“Monsters is a song for my father who I idolised as a child, has been my best friend through adult life, and now urgently needs an O positive kidney donor.”
James will also head out on a major UK and European tour including a must-see show at London’s Royal Albert Hall on April 7th. James plays the following UK shows.
Fri 14th BIRMINGHAM, Arena Birmingham
Sat 15th MANCHESTER, Manchester Arena
Sun 16th HULL, Bonus Arena
Mon 17th NEWCASTLE, Utilita Arena
Wed 19th GLASGOW, SEC Armadillo
Thurs 20th NOTTINGHAM, Nottingham Arena
Fri 21st CARDIFF, Cardiff Arena
Sat 22nd BRIGHTON, Brighton Centre
Tues 7th LONDON, Royal Albert Hall
News of James’ upcoming album has been met with huge excitement across the board from media and fans alike. Last Friday, James and his band performed a rendition of ‘Cold’ with an eight piece gospel choir on the Graham Norton Show on BBC One, lighting up social media throughout the weekend.
On the new album, James has worked with a variety of producers including Steve Robson, Jimmy Hogarth and TMS. Highlights are many and include the poignant ballad ‘Monsters’, the pop swagger of ‘5 Miles’ and the country tinged ‘Halfway.’ There’s a warmth that permeates the entire album, and a real sense of personality.
James Blunt released that classic first album, ‘Back To Bedlam’, in the autumn of 2004 and soon after the single ‘You’re Beautiful’ became a global smash hit. He has sold over 23 million albums and has showcased his wit and charm more recently with his always engaging twitter account.