This is an album about new beginnings.
James Arthur is back with new music and all 17 tracks are worth a listen. He was fearless with the execution and delivery of each song and the journey he takes us on is completely worth it.
Back from the Edge is an album for the lost souls. This album is for the ones recovering, for the ones doubting themselves, for the ones finding themselves and for the ones accepting themselves. Every song is full of emotion and when he sings, James Arthur puts intention behind every single word. You’re not only listening to his journey; you are feeling every piece of it and if you have any bit of heart then tears will definitely be shed.
Back from the Edge kicks off with the title track and the narrative is immediately apparent;
But now I’m back with my own story to tell
Back from the edge
Back from the dead
Back before demons took control of my head
Back to the start
Back to my heart
Back to the boy who would reach for the stars
From the first track you become aware of how unapologetically honest this album will be. Though some may fear that it’ll be “too honest”, I think the fact that the songs are delivered in a genuine matter make the entire journey the perfect amount of honest.
“Prisoner” discusses his struggle with drugs and alcohol. “The Truth” speaks about how everything fell apart after his initial success with X Factor and his debut album. “Train Wreck” is about fighting with suicidal thoughts. This album isn’t just about his struggles though, as I said previously; this album is about new beginnings.
He created an anthem with “I am”, where he expresses that he is aware that he may not be able to redeem himself in everyone’s eyes but he is accepting who he is and living in his truth. “Finally” is about seeing his parents and the people around him finally being proud of him. “Remember Who I Was” is about accepting his mistakes and the need to vindicate himself.
I know I hurt you, I was so unkind
I was ungrateful, I wasted your time
But I was young and lost, so lost
See, you took this poor boy and changed his whole life
Granted his wishes and dreams overnight
And I saw stars, they shot me down
But I deserved it, they knocked me out
“Say You Won’t Let Go” may be my favorite off the album. The track is a beautiful love song that immediately fills your heart with joy. As a whole, the album is truly exemplary; the vocals are raw and have never sounded better. Back from the Edge is a beautifully packaged voyage through a man who has seen rock bottom and picked himself back up.
Back from the Edge is an important album. If you decide to only listen to one song, I ask that it be “Train Wreck”. “Train Wreck” is about fighting with your suicidal thoughts and relatable, doesn’t even begin to describe the track. This song found it’s way into the saddest parts of me and continued the healing I’ve been working on for years. Though I (thankfully) no longer struggle with suicidal thoughts, its always nice to realize that you are not alone. “Train Wreck” begins with James’ emotionally charged vocals but as the song progresses the vocals become more and more desperate with emotion.
Unbreak the broken
Unsay these spoken words
Find hope in the hopeless
Pull me out the train wreck
Unburn the ashes
Unchain the reactions
I’m not ready to die not yet
Pull me out the train wreck
Pull me out, pull me out, pull me out
Pull me out, pull me out
You need this album in your life; no matter where you are on your journey in life, I promise that there is a song for you. James Arthur is back and dare I say, better than ever. My favorite kind of successful people are the ones that have made mistakes and actually learned from them. James Arthur deserves every ounce of success that is coming his way. Listen to Back from the Edge and come back here to tell me how much you enjoyed it.
If you can take anything away from James Arthur’s music, I hope it’s these lyrics: “Cause a one in a million chance is still a chance”.