James Blunt, "Stay the Night"

75 Billboard Rating

James Blunt is done singing about heartbreak for now: The Englishman who held the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2006 with his tender single "You're Beautiful" is simply ready to have some fun on "Stay the Night." Written alongside OneRepublic's Ryan Tedder and producer Steve Robson, Blunt's latest single is loose, upbeat and propelled by catchy acoustic guitar riffs. The soft-rock tune hinges on its light lyrical content, which trades the choked-up emotion of songs like "You're Beautiful" for a genial toast to the simple things. Blunt croons, "The morning's on its way, our friends all say goodbye/There's nowhere else to go, I hope that you'll stay the night," in the sunny chorus. "Stay the Night" is a great new sound for Blunt, who'll return with new album "Some Kind of Trouble" in January.

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