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Songs For You, Truths For Me - James Morrison
Advantages: Lots of Catchy Tracks
Disadvantages: None worth mentioning
This is the second album from James Morrison and was released back in 2008. It has sold more than a million copies worldwide and reached no 3 in the UK charts. It wasn't as successful in the US reaching a high of No 49. Generally he doesn't feature man artists on his albums, but his most successful single to date is on this album and features Nelly Furtado. As usual I will review my favourite tracks from the album.
This is the track I mentioned with Nelly Furtado and they both complement each other very well. They have their individual solo parts and then the final third of the song they sing together and their contradicting tones really work. The song starts with just James singing and very little backing track, but the beat does come in and it is soft drums with light guitar riffs. The lyrics are about a broken relationship and relating thing to broken strings on an instrument. It works well more so as they are not singing from the same side but the two different sides of a relationship and when they sing together it shows the moments in a relationship where they felt the same way. It is one of those catchy songs you will come back to many times.
Please Don't Stop The Rain
I really like the drums in this song and there is something hypnotic about them especially combined with the piano which is pretty much the whole backing to the track. This is a feel good track which many listeners will get a nostalgic feeling about relationship they have had and how they can't be changed. Actually the more I listen to it I am not sure if it's a happy song or one about how he has got depressed and wants to stay that way as he can live with it. The chorus is simplistic but it works and vocally it is one of the better tracks on the album.
If You Don't Want To Love Me
This track is very different than the other two tracks I have reviewed but one that I love as I can really relate to it. I think anyone will be able to relate to it if they have been in a relationship which was still going on but the spark had gone and it was a bit of an endless situation. The drums come in during the second verse and just at the right level that it doesn't take away from Morrison's voice. It is a really heartfelt performance and an excellent track.
Overall it is a decent album and although I do prefer to generally listen to my R&B and Rap music there are occasions where I like to listen to someone a bit different and James Morrison is one of those occasions. As a singer song writer he is one of the better British ones and his voice is something unique that no power singers will ever be able to match.
Summary: An excellent album