It also catalysed Blunt’s own renown, helping him net multiple awards for best newcomer in 2005 and 2006, including at the MTV Europe Music Awards and NRJ Music Awards – the first of many accolades in his career. His maiden voyage on musical waters was made on the bestselling album Back To Bedlam, launched in 2004. Along with the aforementioned song that immortalised his name was another single that caught attention, Goodbye My Lover. Like You’re Beautiful, it too stirred feelings when heard. Although he played around with tempo and disposition with his songs, Blunt’s heartfelt crooning rapidly found favour among his fans, becoming his trademark. He has released a handful albums to date with a brand of sound that is quite adept at disarming the listener, caressing not just eardrums but the soul as well. Afterlove Live Blunt’s latest effort, titled The Afterlove, was let loose in March 2017. It’s the album that sparked his present world tour, which sees him making his inaugural visit to Malaysia.
The Afterlove is a slight departure from his usual style, steeped with the influences of his peers from the recording world. Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder of One Republic and Johnny McDaid of Snow Patrol are among the greats he worked with to create the album, each one imparting their unique mark on his current sound. This is palpable as you walk yourself through the songs; it takes but a fleeting earful to realise how much Blunt has matured as an artiste. Listen for yourself as his distinctive voice fills Menara PGRM this 25 March, serenading the crowd with evergreen earworms like 1973 and newer offerings like the soothing Time Of Our Lives. James Blunt The Afterlove Asia Tour 2018 WHERE Dewan Wawasan, Menara PGRM, Kuala Lumpur WHEN 8pm (25 Mar) ADMISSION RM122-RM592 TEL 03 2280 0363 buytickets.com.my