Peter Bruntnell was signed by Almo Sounds, who issued his debut album, Cannibal, in 1995. He recorded a second album for Almo, Camelot in Smithereens (1997), before moving to the Slow River label for his 1999 album Normal for Bridgwater. The album was highly recommended by VH1’s Bill Flanagan and by Rolling Stone’s John Luerssen, and helped to establish Bruntnell with American audiences. The album was recorded with the help of musicians from Son Volt, a band with whom he has toured regularly in the United States.
In 2013, Loose Music released Bruntnell’s Retrospective album, featuring music from all of his albums to date. The album was preceded by a single and accompanying video of a re-recording of the song “Played Out”, featuring Rumer.