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Can an X-Factor singer really make a decent album?
Olly Murs - Olly Murs
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Olly Murs - Olly Murs
Advantages: Feel good pop album, all killer no filler
Disadvantages: None really
Olly Murs first came to our attention on the X-Factor where he came runner-up to Joe McElderry. It seems that not winning came as a blessing in disguise for Olly. After the show had ended he was signed up by a record label and the following summer released this first self-titled album after his first single "Please Don't Let Me Go" reached number 1.
Mur's personal is a lovable cheeky chappy from Essex. And I think his personality is reflected on this album. Unlike many males singers, Olly doesn't churn out the dreary ballads and nor does he claim to be somebody he's not. He know's he a pop singer who's loved by everyone from Grannies to young girls.
Thealbum has that reggae-pop vibe throughout. Music lovers will be aware of his hits "Please Don't Let Me Go" and "Thinking Of Me" which you'll either love or hate. There are several other songs on the album which are worthy of a mention too. "Busy" was another single by Olly, although didn't reach the same success as his first too, it's a great pop number (and is often used on a famous retail advert). If you liked these three singles then you should definatly check out the album, songs that are simmilar include "Accidental" and "Love Shine Down" (the latter had the potential to be a single in my opinion.
If you are looking for something a bit more slow paced then the album has several ballads. "Heart On My Sleeve" was released as a single but "Ask Me To Stay" is a lot better. Other worthy mentions are for "Don't Say Goodbye" and "A Million More Years". If classic pop ballads are your thing then you should definatly check out these four tracks.
Other tracks worthy of a mention are the opening track "Change Is Gonna Come" which builds up to a fantastic chorus. Also "I Blame Hollywood" has a dare I say "Buble" vibe to it.
In summery, who would have thought that an X-Factor contestant could establish themselves as a successful Pop star and not even win the show. Murs has proved that you don't need to win it to be a success. This is probably one of the most classic pop albums in my collection. There isn't really a bad song on there, if I had to pick my least favourite then I guess "Hold On" would be it, but aside from that all the other songs are at least an 8/10.
Summary: Surprising fantastic debut album from Olly Murs.