The emotional number set the precedent for Blunt's sound for the next decade or so, with follow-up singles all bearing the same blueprint of tugging at the heart strings.Most can probably imagine what a James Blunt album would sound like but The Afterlove attempts to avoid this trapping.She captured Matty J's heart with a well written declaration of love.
The Afterlove will please longtime James Blunt fans but his modernised direction is unlikely to attract new listeners.
Blunt does make a strong effort to step out of his comfort zone with cooler cuts but perhaps big ballads and emotional storytelling is where he thrives best.
Things have changed very, very quickly and you can't help but get swept away by it all, and I don't want that to end.'At the end of his serenade, the You're Beautiful hit-maker left the loved up couple their lip locking, awkwardly saying: 'Go on then.'Earlier in the day, James Blunt spoke to Nova 96.9's Fitzy And Wippa Show about his performance on the intimate date.'It was quite awkward because I was singing a song, which was saying don't give me those eyes because this thing is over, this relationship is over. Finito.' 'And they definitely weren't acting like it was finito.''Here am I, sort of tearful, singing a song, crying away, while they are tongues down the throat. Earlier James revealed he felt quite awkward during the date.
He said, 'It was quite awkward because I was singing a song, which was saying don't give me those eyes because this thing is over, this relationship is over.
'Things with Elise have been moving really quickly and I am really attracted to her...
I see so much potential with Elise,' he admitted, before adding that his biggest decision was deciding who to take to home towns.
Best known for heart-wrenching ballads like You're Beautiful and Goodbye My Lover, Blunt garnered a fan base through his warbling tales of love, romantic woes and everything in between.
Catering to such a specific audience is the reason the 43-year-old is nervous about The Afterlove's reception. I just don't know how this album is going to be received.
Pop has undoubtedly changed in the last four years with the charts dominated mostly by EDM and hip hop – established artists like Blunt who rose to prominence in the early noughties are in danger of sounding dated.
With this in mind, Blunt has returned with his most experimental album yet.
Swooping in to lift the mood is Bartender, a cheeky love letter boasting a warm and folksy Irish jingle somewhat reminiscent of Ed Sheeran's Galway Girl.