James Blunt is making ‘Trouble’ 

Is James Blunt finally returning to steal the folk-pop crown from that usurper James Morrison?

Not exactly, the Brit chuckles. “Because you should know that we’re one and the same person!”

But next week, he returns with “Some Kind Of Trouble” on Linda Perry’s Atlantic-distributed Custard imprint, and it’s a joyous, yet, reflective set that — on the chipper “Stay The Night” single alone — certainly feels like a comeback.

To counter darker mortality studies like “No Tears,” Blunt bolsters this third effort with upbeat toe-tappers like “So Far Gone,” “Best Laid Plains” and an R&B-funky “Turn Me On.” And although he’s sold over 18 million records worldwide, the track “Superstar” is not about him, he swears — it’s about our culture of reality-TV celebrity in general.

Even the album’s cover photo is optimistic — a smiling baby being tossed aloft.

“No, the child isn’t mine,” says Blunt, who lives the rave-party lifestyle at his home on Ibiza, and every skier’s dream at his other residence, an alpine Swiss chalet. “You can find the child online — it’s a family called the Shaytards who have a big online following, that’s baby Todd, and the picture was taken on an iPhone. But the cover for me really captures that sense of innocence and freedom that I felt from the album. I feel really free in my music now — I can make my own decisions and set my own path. And I’m lucky enough to have that freedom, especially with the way things are going in the music business around the world.”

For more information, visit www.jamesblunt.com.

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