James Blunt toured arenas after his third album, 2010's "Some Kind of Trouble," but when it came to the sound of his new record, "Moon Landing" (due Nov. 5 on Custard/Atlantic), he wanted to go in the opposite direction. Looking to recapture the intimate vibe that led to his biggest hit by far, 2005's "You're Beautiful," the British singer/­songwriter returned to the studio of Los Angeles producer Tom Rothrock (Moby, Foo Fighters), who produced Blunt's heartfelt 2005 debut, "Back to Bedlam," and 2007 ­follow-up "All Lost Souls."

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