Back to Bedlam

Music review by
Kathi Kamen Goldmark, Common Sense Media
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Emotional ballads with a few four-letter words.

Parents say

age 13+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 6 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this music.

Positive Messages

Anti-war message from a former soldier.


Anti-violence message.


Some ethereal sexual innuendo; nothing explicit.


One or two gratuitous four-letter words.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A couple of references to being high.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are a couple of four-letter words and a few references to being high. Otherwise, there's not much to worry about.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bycrap April 9, 2008

this cd is beaiful

your beautiful/ you beautiful/ you beautiful its true/

this cd rocks but has the word f--k in your beautiful

i saw your face in a crowded place/
Adult Written bySerenity Now April 9, 2008

Superlative, Moody Album

If you're a fan of acoustic-inspired rock with poetic influences, I strongly recommend picking up Back to Bedlam.
Teen, 14 years old Written byCinemaFanatic February 2, 2010

Fantastic Album for Teens and Adults

While this dark album does have some sexual references and a few naughty words, most of the adult content would go over kids heads. One song does discuss, in de... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byfandango91 April 9, 2008

Good Sound not ok for my age

James Blunt has a beautiful voice. But for some reason he just HAS to ruin his songs with a swear word!!!! I don't get it!!! But, if you're 13 and u... Continue reading

What's the story?

His falsetto warble sounds a little odd, and he's all-ballad, all-the-time, but there's something magical and intriguing about James Blunt's debut CD, BACK TO BEDLAM. A former British soldier who traded in his gun for a guitar, Blunt has been storming the English pop charts, and is now gunning for popularity in the U.S. as well. He takes a poetic but strong anti-war stance on songs like \"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\"), inspired by his time stationed in Kosovo and Bosnia.

Is it any good?

These are songs that kind of sneak under your skin, and get you when you're not looking. Mostly about the angst of imperfect love, they showcase the artist's unusual voice with spare arrangements heavy on acoustic guitar. The production and vocals are so sincere and sweet that it's positively jarring to hear an occasional four-letter word in the lyrics. Still, teens and adults will have fun losing themselves in James Blunt's visual and evocative lyrics.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the artist's interesting career path, from soldier to pop singer.

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