A viral pop hit is both a blessing and a curse to a musician's career, as British singer-songwriter James Blunt would know.
In 2005, his song "You're Beautiful," became an international hit, playing near-constantly on radio stations across the U.S. and Europe. The song earned Blunt multiple Grammy nominations in 2007 and made him a household name.
But while many people loved his work, some derided Blunt's lyrics, and as a result the artist pulled back.
"After my first album that got a bit of criticism, I probably shut down a little bit," Blunt tells CNBC.
But with the help of what Blunt calls a "dream team," he's getting over the criticism that shook his confidence. His new album, "The Afterlove," marks a change for the professional.
Collaborating with friends and mentors, who happen to be some of the music industry's best artists, has helped Blunt redefine himself.