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Leading with a sense of familiarity in tone, The Afterlove opens with the minimalistic Love Me Better, which immediately updates Blunt's trademark sound.While it is a generally pleasing track, Love Me Better fails to capitalise on its potential making for a one-dimensional lead single."Fortunately," Blunt recalled, "up on the radio came General Sir Mike Jackson [commander of the British forces], whose words were, 'I'm not going to have my soldiers start World War Three.' He told us, 'Why don't we encircle the airfield instead?' And after a couple of days the Russians there said, 'Hang on, we have no food and no water. '" Blunt told John Pienaar, on Radio 5 Live's Pienaar's Politics, that even without General Jackson's intervention he would have refused to carry out that order given by Wesley Clark, who was at that time the Supreme Allied Commander of Nato forces in Europe. Russian forces continued to occupy the airport, until eventually an agreement was secured for them to be integrated into peace-keeping duties, while remaining outside of Nato command.However for all Blunt's attempts at meatier sounds, the crooner does not forego his identity with a slew of big numbers.Don't Give Me Those Eyes stands out as the big ballad of The Afterlove and shows Blunt at his most vulnerable.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.
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.
Unexpectedly, the Russian forces, reach the airfield first; Russia, Serbia's patron, is hoping to stake a claim in the occupation. He risked a court martial by refusing to obey those orders from General Wesley Clark to attack the Russian forces.
The soldiers are pointing their weapons at the incoming Allied troops. " orders the US general over the radio – instructions from the very top. In a BBC radio interview last night, Blunt said: "I was given the direct command to overpower the 200 or so Russians who were there.
A column of 30,000 Nato troops is advancing towards Pristina airfield – a crucial strategic position. Blunt was then 25, a captain in the Life Guards and the lead officer at the front of the Nato column.
Hundreds of thousands of refugees wait over the border to return to their homes.All I know is that I love it, and it might be something that only I love, but I genuinely think this is one of my most exciting albums."So, is The Afterlove just as bold and exciting as Blunt proclaims it to be?