James Blunt releases "Some Kind of Trouble" on Jan. 18,...

James Blunt releases "Some Kind of Trouble" on Jan. 18, 2011. Credit: Handout

James Blunt is no longer the fragile emo-folk flower he portrayed in his delicate debut single, "You're Beautiful." "Some Kind of Trouble" (Custard/Atlantic) finds him more upbeat and confident, in the up-tempo come-on "Stay the Night" and the funk-rock "Turn Me On."

Sure, there's still plenty of drama in the aching ballads "No Tears" and "Heart of Gold," but Blunt is actually more interesting when he lets loose. ("Superstar" even has a guitar solo!) He'll be better off pursuing this kind of "Trouble."

JAMES BLUNT"Some Kind of Trouble"

GRADE: B

BOTTOM LINE: Blunt loosens up

Top Stories