High Five

James Blunt is moving on from ‘You’re Beautiful’

David Vincent

English singer-songwriter James Blunt is moving on from his “You’re Beautiful” days — returning to the scene with a more personal approach. For his latest album, “Moon Landing,” Blunt has made it about him, not the audience. He nostalgically traces his own journey — from love, to loss, to touring, and to the people he has met along the way. Aside from a few spacesuits he will be bringing to the House of Blues on Saturday, Blunt says he’s simply bringing himself. He shares with us his top five memories that inspired “Moon Landing.”

1. “Started off in Venice Beach with Danny Parker. On the beach, we wrote a song called ‘Heart to Heart’ — I thought; if I’m on the beach under the sun, and this is my job . . . this is really cool.”

2.“I was going to find my friend Ryan Tedder (of OneRepublic) and write with him. He was on tour, so I was like a groupie to their band. ‘Bonfire Heart’ was a song we wrote on the road, it’s about connecting with people. We actually recorded it in Boston.”


3. “I went to live with Carrie Fisher, the same person I had lived with when I recorded that first album, “Back to Bedlam.” I would record and go back to where I was living with her and play her the song. The song called ‘Miss America’ is about Carrie, really.”

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4. “I wanted to avoid having my face on the album — I’ve always tried to stay away from that. In the last 24 hours of deciding what to do with the cover, I decided I wanted to have a picture of my face look as old and ugly as possible. If my mother hates it, we’ve got something good. It’s pale and white and alien like — other worldly. Where the music business is about hair and makeup, I wanted it to be bare.”

5. “I was inspired to use sound effects to set an atmosphere — went out and recorded on Santa Monica pier, and Hollywood Blvd. We have got sound effects of pedestrian crossing, motorbikes, and trains to take you on a journey.”

Alex Stills

James Blunt performs at House of Blues on Saturday at 7 p.m. Tickets: $29.50-$45. 888-693-2583,

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