Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Greatest Love Songs: You're Beautiful

Well- this is one of the most famous songs (You're Beautiful by James Blunt for the album Back in Bedlam) I'm reviewing, and quite critically analysed by Giants and Conoisseurs far above my level, but no matter-I'll have my say, and you can bet for sure it'll have something different than all those voices that preceded me.

This song has a story behind it, as many love songs do. From the article in wikipedia- Newspapers have claimed that "You're Beautiful" is about a former girlfriend of Blunt's, Dixie Chassay, casting director for the Harry Potter films. On March 8, 2006 episode of the Oprah Winfrey program, Blunt said of the song, "It's kind of miserable. It was about seeing my ex-girlfriend on the Underground in London with her new man, who I didn't know existed. She and I caught eyes and lived a lifetime in that moment, but didn't do anything about it and haven't seen each other since."

Quite a tragic end to a relationship that obviously meant a lot to James Blunt. But anyway, it has given us a great song. The song is so famous and popular that it has topped the US, Canada, UK and Aussie charts, featured in the Top 10 of Latin Charts and has come 3rd in the United World Chart!!

Quite massive for the kind of song that it is- not very special, but surely if you were ever a lover, you'll feel what Blunt feels through the song, its quite emotional. The lyrics of the song aren't flowery in language or generously dosed with metaphors- they're the simple words of any sad man you'll find in everyday life.

Blunt's rendition is accompanied by a Guitar, and some soft beats. The music aint too much, but the tune and the feeling in Blunt's voice carry the song through. Most of the music comes from what he sings, and not the orchestra. He has given life to the song; any budding singer trying to know how to emote in a song need search no more- here's a perfect example.

The lyrics are quite good too- he talks about the meeting earlier mentioned (seeing his ex-girlfriend with another man), and extols her smile and beauty to great heights and feels he should be with her, flies high with such dreams, but finally falls back to earth- facing the truth, that all this would never happen, and that he has lost her forever.
Its very much like all the songs our own heroes sing in the movies, of course movies with tragic endings.
Its really really touching- and if you've had a similar experience, all the more so.
Well folks- enough of talk- here's the song. Go on, listen to it! Keep your hankies right beside you- just in case :-)

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