All The Lost Souls

  • Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Sep 18, 2007
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 21
  2. Negative: 3 out of 21
  1. The songs are ridiculously catchy, albeit predictable and overly comfortable in that 70s folk rock vibe he loves so much.
  2. Q Magazine
    60
    A fearsomely efficient follow-up to Back To Bedlam. [Oct 2007, p.92]
  3. Too much of All the Lost Souls is just pleasant ether, with Blunt showing a gift for drabness on forgettable ballads that make Coldplay seem like the Arctic Monkeys.
  4. James Blunt returns with All the Lost Souls, a more piano-driven period piece that's about as edgy as an episode of "Desperate Housewives."
  5. As background music, it slays. In the foreground, however, not so much.
  6. Blunt appears to be following a successful formula a little too mechanically for his own good, as if he's ticking boxes.
  7. Blender
    40
    He devotes himself largely to unremarkable romance chronicles and blandly competent hooks. [Oct 2007, p.107]
  8. 40
    The drawback, as ever, is Blunt’s warbly, whining, strangled voice, which sounds increasingly like a bad Weird Al Yankovic parody.
  9. Mojo
    40
    Much of All The Lost Souls is far more icky-yucky than its predecessor. [Oct 2007, p.90]
  10. He's only gone and come back. And improved, actually: we counted two more hits than "Back To Bedlam." Be very afraid.
  11. While All the Lost Souls will very likely appeal to the exact same folks who made Blunt’s first album a success, I listen to this album and can’t help thinking that this has all been done before-and better!
User Score
6.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 86 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 34 out of 57
  2. Negative: 20 out of 57
  1. RobbieC
    Sep 27, 2007
    2
    It sucks.
  2. StefanV
    Feb 21, 2008
    10
    The best, most emotionally-charged album of 2007, and i listened to the one by Radiohead. Some o fhtis stuff is sheer genius (I Really Want The best, most emotionally-charged album of 2007, and i listened to the one by Radiohead. Some o fhtis stuff is sheer genius (I Really Want You and Shine On) and some of the average stuff (Carry You Home and Give Me Some Love) is better than most songs you may hear on the radio. Blunt is very good at using his own life experiences in his songs - just listen to Same Mistake. This is a talent who isn't selling records, at least this album isn't. Meanwhile, every song off of Rhianna's terrible record is hitting #1. Yes, the state of music today is terrible, and James Blunt is one of the few bright spots. Full Review »
  3. Dec 26, 2012
    10
    The best album I've heard in my life.