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Back to Bedlam

Emotional ballads with a few four-letter words.

What parents need to know

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.

Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A couple of references to being high.

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.

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.

Families can talk about...

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

Music details

Artist:James Blunt
Release date:October 4, 2005
Genre:Alternative Rock
Parental advisory:Yes
Edited version available:No

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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 detail, some of the horrors of war (Blunt fought in Kosovo in 1999) This album probably won't even attract young children, but if you are looking for a fantastic, deep album with all sorts of messages, this is what you need to buy. Most of the sexual references are in the song Goodbye My Lover, which talks about the memories of a past relationship, and High can be taken as a song about drugs. But most of it should be up to the parent.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Great messages
Great role models
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/
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 up, it's a great CD for you.