James Blunt album art (2004–2006)
Back to Bedlam is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter James Blunt, released on 11 October 2004 through Atlantic Records. It is named after the famous psychiatric institution of Bethlem Royal Hospital, which is commonly known as Bedlam.
Initially lingering in the lower regions of the UK Albums Chart in its first few months of release, it became a major international success after its third single, “You’re Beautiful”, was a huge hit worldwide in the Summer of 2005. Back to Bedlam was the highest-selling album of 2005 in the UK, with over 2.4 million copies sold. By December 2009, the album had been certified 10× Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for sales of over 3 million, making it the best-selling album of the 2000s in the UK. In 2011, it was overtaken by the Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black as the best-selling album of the 21st century in the UK. Back to Bedlam currently ranks as the 16th best-selling album in UK chart history. As of 2017, it has sold 3.33 million copies in the UK and over 11 million copies worldwide.
The album was initially released with a greyish cover, with no designer credited. It was reissued in 2005 with a blue cover by Salvador Design, featuring illustration by Matt Durston. The album artwork and design is credited to Bose Collins Ltd., James Blunt. The typographic identity centered around the Art Nouveau classic Arnold Böcklin was maintained, also for all single releases from this album campaign (design: Salvador Design) and the 2006 follow-up Chasing Time: The Bedlam Sessions.