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      04.03.2009 00:38

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      Disappointing materail in my opinion from an artsit with a great voice.

      I bought this album because I had become absolutely hooked on listening to the quite marvelous hit single "You Give Me Something" which quite justifiably was almost played to death on radio and television in 2006.

      This was the time when Morrison, James Blunt, Jack Johnson etc were all massively in vogue and you could say that I got "puffed in" a little into buying the album.

      However, having unwrapped and played the whole album I found that in my opinion apart from the aforementioned "You Give Me Something" the album is a dreary load of moany, depressing sounding tosh.

      Track 3 "Wonderful World" is okay but the rest is not so good. I do still love his voice and "You Give Me Something" is worth any 10 other decent tracks so I am not complaining.

      I suppose if you just like his voice a lot then you could enjoy the whole piece.

      Full track listings and running times.:

      1. Under The Influence 4:06

      2. You Give Me Something 3:33

      3. Wonderful World 3:30

      4. The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore 4:16

      5. One Last Chance 4:47

      6. Undiscovered 3:27

      7. The Letter 3:13

      8. Call The Police 3:44

      9. This Boy 3:52

      10. If The Rain Must Fall 4:04

      11. How Come 3:25

      12. The Last Goodbye 5:12

      13. Better Man 3:53

      This review is also posted on www.ciao.co.uk
      under my user name bella6789

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      25.09.2008 00:03
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      He gives me something!!

      Ok so this album is over 2 years old but I still listen to it on avery regular basis and im new to this site so Nah!!! Also with the release of his new Album, any new followers may look here for reviews on his highly acclaimed first album!
      James Morrison, has a sexy coolness to his voice that is quite unique at the moment, He doesnt look very cool, especially on the cover, he looks a bit grubby and scruffy but the voice speaks for itself or sings for itself!

      This album leaves me with a range of different emotions, and depending on my mood can lift me up, make me relflective or sometimes reduce me to tears!!
      This album was played constantly when i was pregnant and even now it makes my 8 month old chill out when he is upset.

      The writing is amazing, really heartfelt and real to his life, and as i went to school with him in Rugby I know his life was not the easiest as he himself will freely admit.
      As a person he is very honest and open about his own life and this is very clear in his music, for example the song this boy is very deep and descriptive.

      James Morrison is now a bit more commercial and preened and i hope this doesnt reflect in his new album,but if my fears are confirmed i will always have this first album and the memories it envokes.

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      26.02.2007 17:37
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      A very listenable album.

      21 year old Morrison is a white British lad with a soulful voice that has been compared to Otis Redding. He was born in Rugby but moved to Cornwall in his teens. He is a young, slightly scruffy, soul balladeer is a music market that has seen its fair share of similar singers. He has been compared to James Blunt which I think is unfair. At least I hope so, as I was never a fan of Blunt's music and I don't think that the shy Morrison is as bland as the other James. My typical music tastes do not normally include white, male, soul singers and I'll walk over hot coals to avoid them normally, but something about Morrison's Top Five debut single You Give Me Something attracted my attention and made me want to listen to more. He has a deep, gravelly voice which at times reminds me of Stevie Wonder. He claims always to have had this voice since childhood, though he admits it is possibly exacerbated by smoking. Morrison has co-written all the thirteen songs on the album. It was released in July and went to Number One in August.

      The CD has a strong start with a track called Under the Influence. It has a catchy hook and Morrison's vocals sound charmingly grating with a dash of soul, and sounds the most like a Stevie Wonder Motown track and is about being intoxicated by someone and powerless to know your own mind.

      The second track is Morrison's debut single the melodic You Give Me Something that currently gets so much airplay, (which I hope will not be to his detriment) on a variety of rock, pop and easy listening type radio stations. The lyrics are about taking that first step into a new relationship and the track is one of the more positive and uplifting songs on the album which have a tendency to be about relationship break ups.

      This is followed by Wonderful World a song about feeling down and not able to appreciate things. It has a catchy, foot-tapping beat and is one of the best songs on the CD in spite of the slightly depressing lyrics.

      The ballad The Pieces Don't Fit anymore is a song about a relationship that no longer works and facing the inevitable. It is one of the slower tracks on the album, and Morrison sings in very softly, especially at the beginning, and resists belting the vocals out as he did on the earlier tracks.

      One Last Chance is another ballad with a slight rock touch and is about his last opportunity to sort himself out and find happiness. I have no idea if the song is autobiographical or not, but it certainly sounds as if it is sung from the heart. There is a strong blues element to this song.

      Undiscovered in the albums's title track and in it Morrison invites a lady (presumably) to look a bit deeper, and try and find the real him. It is a very uplifting song, almost gospel in parts with a female vocal chorus.

      The Letter is about receiving a letter from a lover and being afraid to open it. Again, it is quite bluesy with the emphasis on gravelly vocals, drums and some harmonica.

      Call The Police is not about a criminal act but the feeling of a loss of control at the end of a relationship. I don't think I am alone in starting to see a pattern here?! It is a good rock song and has a fabulous guitar riff that is rather Nirvana-esque (an influence, along with Hendrix, I was initially surprised that Morrison had) and it rather works with Morrison's raw edged vocals belting out. I like muchly and easily my favourite.

      This Boy was apparently written by Morrison a few years ago when he wasn't seeing eye to eye with his mother, it is more a song of friendship and putting things behind you than love, which makes a change. It is probably one of the weaker songs in the album but is an enjoyable filler track none the less.

      The Otis Redding influence is obvious in a number of tracks, but none more so than If The Rain Must Fall which is very soulful song about how it doesn't matter if it rains, as long as he has your love.

      How Come is another rockier ballad. I don't think Morrison is able to do a track with a faster beat, just with more frantic vocals. The song is about a relationship where the partner doesn't seem to know what they want.

      The Last Goodbye is (no surprise here) an end of relationship ballad. Rather slow and plodding and adding nothing new. I only notice it playing as it is one of the longest tracks of the album.

      Better Man is about how he has become a better man because of his relationship, another slow ballad, this time sung just with a guitar. However I felt it was a disappointing closing track.

      I don't think Morrison's lyrics are so deep and meaningful that they will have too many lonesome souls reaching for the razor blades, I think the fact that there is such a theme running through the CD means I am more likely to switch off listening to the lyrics, although it's worth remembering that not all the songs are about relationship break ups and some, such as Give Me Something, are more positive. I feel they are not the kind of lyrics that I would sing along to in the car (where the engine drowns my wailing out) but a lot of the songs have a catchy melody. All in all this is a listenable album, but is not likely to be my first choice to stick on the CD player.

      The inlay booklet contains the lyrics to all tracks and a few black and white photos of live performances and studio sessions. At the back of the booklet he thanks his dad for introducing him to his record collection (no Barbra Streisand at his parents house then?) and Uncle Joe for introducing him to the blues and also lists his varied influences of Stevie Wonder, Otis Redding, Cat Stevens, Nirvana, Radiohead and Marc Bolan to name just a few.

      I paid £7.99 for this CD, delivered through CD-Wow

      http://www.jamesmorrisonmusic.com/

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        14.11.2006 13:15
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        10/10 in every way

        I'm simply going to comment on one song: You give me something.
        Here's how good the song is:
        I'm from Lebanon, I saw James M. singing this song on a German show of some sort ... please note that i don't speak a word of German ... All i could understand was the words "James Morrison, You Give Me something" .. and trust me that was enough. Since that day the song is on repeat .. at work, in my car, ... gym ...
        it's such a feel-good song .. you can't help but smile and sing to it ... it's just perfect.

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        31.10.2006 07:13
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        Stevie Wonder Meets Terence Trent D'Arby for the 21st Century

        For a former long haired rocker who still counts Thunder and Terrorvision as his favourite bands, I have a perhaps surprising affinity for the music of Stevie Wonder. For this, I blame (or rather, credit) a former flatmate, who had a habit of playing her music far too loud and far too late into the night. When she moved out I discovered I missed her music more than I missed her, although I did enjoy sleeping properly at nights.

        Recently I became aware of a song called “You Give Me Something”, which made me think of Stevie Wonder every time I heard it. I couldn’t work out if it was a new song by Stevie Wonder or, when I found out it was by someone called James Morrison, a very accurate cover version of one of his songs.

        Suddenly there were stories of this James Morrison chap all over the place. Depending on which ones you’ve heard, he was discovered by his next door neighbour; inspired by the memory and support of a close friend who died too young; trading on his middle name, as his surname is actually Catchpole.

        What does make Morrison different is that he was discovered in the old fashioned way and plucked from obscurity thanks to a great voice and a great talent, rather than in the crowds of a reality TV show. So these stories are coming to light after his debut release and after everyone has realised he’s a talented musician, rather than whilst the public are still deciding if the person in question will be the next big thing. For a change, we have someone who was a great talent before he was a big star, rather than the other way around. There’s not huge publicity or fawning interviews to create interest; Morrison’s music does all the talking for him and it’s proving wonderfully eloquent.

        His first utterance comes in the form of “Under the Influence” and it’s a great start. It has a pop-jazz sound, something like you’d expect from Jamie Cullum and it has a loose feel, as if it was recorded live and everyone involved was getting off on this track. There’s a jaunty beat to it, which if you’re listening on the move, you can’t help but end up walking in time with a dif you’re not, you can’t help tapping your foot.

        Next up is “You Give Me Something”, the song that launched Morrison to stardom. It’s far more laid back that the opener, being a simple ballad type pop song, with a soulful edge. When I first heard the song, it reminded me of Stevie Wonder and my feeling hasn’t changed, although it should be emphasized that the sound is more of the 1980s poppier version of Stevie Wonder, rather than his more soulful 1970s sound.

        The pace picks up a little for “Wonderful World”, although it’s still another soul tinged pop song. The track sounds a bit more like Daniel Powter’s music here, with it being more of a pop song with a soul influence than being a soul song with a pop influence. It’s not a bad track, but the weakest on the album so far.

        It’s back to a slower pace again for “The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore”, which is very much a standard pop ballad. There’s not really a great deal more to it than that, although it does liven up a little bit in the chorus, but it’s still a pop ballad even then. You could change the vocals on this song between pretty much any singer and it would fit in quite nicely. I fancy that Westlife would have had a decent stab at this one. It’s a shame, as Morrison’s jazz and soul edge was what set him apart and he’s lost that here. It’s not a bad song, but it’s nothing new.

        There’s a bit of an R ‘n’ B edge to the intro to “One Last Chance”. Morrison’s vocals have more of a soulful edge again, but as with the previous track, there’s little to set it apart from anything else out there. The vocals a 1980s pop-soul sound and remind me a lot of Terence Trent D’Arby. Essentially, though, this is a very standard track; not bad, but nothing really spectacular.

        “Undiscovered” is the title track and the piano intro harks back to “Under the Influence”, although it doesn’t have quite the same jaunty edge. However, this is certainly somewhere between the sound of the opening two tracks, being a pop-soul song with a slight jazz tinge running through it. The vocals again having that 1980s Stevie Wonder influence and tip this song more towards the sound of “You Give Me Something”. This is more like the James Morrison sound I would prefer to be hearing, so it’s another favourite of mine.

        There’s another fairly jaunty beat running through “The Letter”, although it’s more laid back and down tempo than “Under the Influence”. Morrison’s musical inspiration here has clearly been the 1980s pop scene and once more, this evokes memories of Terence Trent D’Arby in both the vocal and the music.

        This general sound continues for “Call the Police”, although it’s a slightly more up tempo track and towards the end does cut loose a little more, adding an electric guitar for the edge to give it a strange almost 1960s Beatles kind of sound in parts. It can get a little messy in parts, as the music does over power the vocals when this happens, but it’s not a bad track.

        It’s back towards the ballad type sound, this time a guitar led ballad, for “This Boy”, although it does turn into something a little more up tempo and poppy later on in the track and then turns again into a more party type sound, a little like “Under the Influence”, although without the jazz edge. As with much of the album, this is mostly a pop track with a soulful edge and once more, the vocals sound a little like Terence Trent D’Arby.

        The vocals reclaim their Stevie Wonder sound for “If the Rain Must Fall”. This one is another pop-soul ballad which, like much on the album, is distinctive mostly for the quality of the vocal. Other than this, it’s very much background music, rather than party music, although the same could be said for much of the album.

        There’s a slightly darker tone to “How Come” with the guitar and piano taking on a more bass edge. This is a slightly more up tempo tune, but it’s much the same as what has gone before, being a soul-pop track with vocals that sound a little more like Terence Trent D’Arby again this time around, although when he stretches himself at various points in the song, you can again hear hints of Stevie Wonder in the vocals and the horn section is more reminiscent of his sound as well.

        Ending an album with a track called “The Last Goodbye” would be a bit of a cliché, which is something Morrison has managed to avoid so far. He does again, making this the penultimate track. Despite some interesting synthesiser noises and a string section, this is a pretty bland sounding pop ballad again. Once more, it’s only Morrison’s soulful vocal that sets this apart from anyone else.

        The album does end on “Better Man”. Unfortunately, it continues the somewhat bland ending to what was such a promising album. Again, Morrison’s soul tinged vocal makes the difference between this being just anybody’s guitar led pop ballad. With the last few songs from the album being largely indistinguishable from each other, this is a highly disappointing end to an album which began with such promise.

        Despite the somewhat bland nature of some of the songs, particularly towards the end of the album, I did enjoy Morrison’s debut. It’s not exactly world shaking, being mostly down tempo pop influenced songs, much like you can get anywhere. What makes this album stand out, however, is Morrison’s voice. Unlike most of what you’ll hear today, he does have a delightfully soulful delivery and that is enough to escalate many of the tracks here above the mundane.

        This is really only background music, something to listen to in the midst of doing something else. There’s not a great deal here that will interrupt your reverie if you’re listening to it that way. This is by no means a spectacular album, but it is wonderfully relaxing and if you like 1980s style pop-soul music, it’s a very good example of the art. Of course, if you’re a fan of other genres, you’ll likely be pretty bored, as Morrison doesn’t tend to deviate from his strengths and nothing here is likely to change your mind, as good as it is.

        If this is your thing, the album is pretty good value, having 13 tracks and a playing time of around 51 minutes. Whilst prices are still generally fairly high, with CD Wow offering the cheapest new copies at £7.99 and even the Amazon Marketplace charging £5.47. Copies have been seen starting from 99p from eBay, but may not end up selling for that price.

        Come the end of an album like this, you realise that it doesn’t matter which of the stories about James Morrison may be true. A lot of the times, things are hyped up more than they deserve, but Morrison is the opposite. Quite frankly, it wouldn’t have mattered if Morrison had been surrounded by all sorts of hype, as the cream will always rise to the top. The real tragedy with this album would have been if Morrison had remained undiscovered and we had never heard of him. Thankfully, this is no longer a concern.

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          25.10.2006 22:53
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          Its worth a tenner!

          About a month ago now I kept hearing James Morrison’s song, You Give Me Something, on the radio. The tune always got stuck in my head and I would spend the entire day singing the one line that I thought I knew

          "cos youuu give meee something, makes my skin alright, this could be nothingggg but imm willing to give it a try!"

          Every time I heard the song I would be asking my companions, "Who is that song by?? I really like it." Then one Sunday as I pulled in to Tescos they played it on Radio one and announced it as by James Morrison, from his album undiscovered and so totally on a whim I brought it.

          Buying albums that I only like one song off is normally a very bad move for me but would it be the same with this one? Well not entirely, at least I would learn the correct words to the above song!

          James Morrison is 21 years old. He writes all his own music and is from the indie/rocky/souly type that gave us James Blunt.

          There are 13 tracks on the album.

          1) Under The Influence - The album kicks off with an up tempo song with a catchy rhythm. James Morrison has a warm, gravely voice and you can really hear it is this number. It is probably the happiest song on the CD, and although it’s not the best song, it is pleasant enough!

          2) You give me something - A slower number, this song was the first single from the album.

          "For every piece of me that wants you, another piece backs away. Cos you give me something, makes me scared alright."

          It is a brilliant song, the melody is catchy and the words have a meaning. Again I love the sound and texture of his voice accompanied by what sounds like an en.

          3) Wonderful World - There’s another change of tempo for the third song, which was the second single from the album. This is a bit brit pop but cool and up to date if that makes sense? The beat is strong and again the music is mainly piano, but there’s brass and guitar in there too.

          "Well I know that it’s a wonderful world, but I can’t feel it right now. Well I thought that I was doing well but I just want to die now."

          4) The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore -

          "Well I can’t explain, why it’s not enough, cos I gave it all to you and if you leave me now, oh just leave me now. Its the better thing to do. Its time to surrender, it’s been too long pretending. It no use in trying when the pieces don’t fit here anymore, the pieces don’t fit here anymore."

          This is undoubtedly my favourite song on the album, it’s a slow number, with deeply felt lyrics and lighter accompaniment from the piano and less drums!

          As the song gains pace, he really puts soul in to his singing and you hear the true capabilities of his voice and it’s really a lovely sound!

          5) One Last Chance - This song has a bit of a hip hop beat, and is quite different to the others on the album, apart from that its still a sad song.

          "I got one last chance to get myself together, I can’t lose no more time it’s now or never."

          There is very little backing music to this just the constant beat and a little bit of piano, but it’s great because it means you focus on the sound of his voice.

          6) Undiscovered - This is where the album starts to go down hill as we have a song that sounds very samey to the ones before.
          "Im not lost, Im not lost, im not lost - just undiscovered."

          7) The letter - Another brit pop number, quite up tempo (well as up tempo as your going to get on this album!) the chorus again sounds like something we have already heard on the album, and the lyrics are not so profound and there’s less emotion in the performance.

          8) Call The Police - This is much better, a bit more rocky and backed by the guitar the vocals are more passionate and you hear James Morrison give it some welly! "All I need is some truth God help me, before the devil burry’s me."

          9) This Boy - Boring. It’s just boring, it’s not bad but it’s not good either, inoffensive!

          10) If the rain must fall - This isn’t too good either, it’s a slower number backed by the piano, it’s just like the one before and yet it’s different but it’s just boring!

          11) How Come - With this song the album gets better again. This is a quirky up tempo proper indie song - just like something from the '90's, with some humour in its lyrics.

          12) The last Goodbye - a slow song, with a nice melody, it’s a lighters in the air number as you sway to the music.

          13) Better Man - Totally acoustic this song is a bit of a let down. It’s very slow and a bit droney! Again he has a very rich voice but by now you have heard it all before.

          Summary

          The guy has an amazing voice, it’s so warm and he conveys emotion really well through it. The first half of the album is brilliant but in the middle it loses tempo and becomes boring and samey, however "Call the police" really picks the tempo back up, and the last 3 songs are nice enough. The entire album is easy listening and it’s quite enjoyable.

          If you like James Blunt, and sort of soft rock / soul type music I would recommend this album to you. I definitely think James Morrison is one to watch for the future though, because I will say again his voice is fantastic!!

          It cost me £9.97 from Tescos, but I am sure you can get it cheaper online.

          http://www.jamesmorrisonmusic.com/

          Thanks for reading. x

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            The first album from singer James Morrison.

            I first came across James Morrison when I heard his first single “You Give Me Something” being played on one of the music channels a few weeks ago. I often flick over the channels during advert breaks in other programmes but rarely find one worth listening to; however I instantly fell in love with this one. He’s a 21 year old Cornish born guy and is a relatively new addition to the music scene with his first single being in the charts at present. Previously he was just an average guy working as a van cleaner in Derby, before being signed by Polydor for his fantastic song writing and singing ability. They’re marketing him as producing authentic and raw music, something to deflect from the comparisons that I’m about to make. His sound is most similar to the current trends in music, namely James Blunt and Daniel Powter. However there is something different to his music, it’s relaxed and soft pop mixed with similar soothing sounds of Jack Johnson and Damien Rice – but without the factor of sending you to sleep!

            The first track is “Under the Influence” which has an almost jazz sounding opening, something that wouldn’t be unheard of in a theatre production. It’s quite a lengthy opening before Morrison’s slightly husky and rugged sounding voice comes through. The song is quite upbeat compared to the rest of the album and does have an alive feeling to it with piano chords and drums backing him throughout. The tale behind it is quite simply that he’s always going to be under the influence of a particular person, presumably a woman. A great opening? Probably could have chosen better in my opening. “Once you’ve had a taste of it there’s no going back, whatever I do I’m under the influence of you.” This is followed by his current single “You Give Me Something” which in my opinion would have served much better as the opening track and really was the basis for me getting this album. It’s a calming opening with the sound of harps playing frequently and the whole mood of the song is truly enchanting. The lyrics are contradictory in a sense which just adds to the enjoyment of the song, “You only stay with me in the morning, you only hold me when I sleep, and I was meant to treed the water, but now I’ve gotten in too deep, for every piece of me that wants you, another piece backs away.” It’s quite slow paced and at first thought is a love song but strangely enough there’s another message underneath it, the fact that we’re often faced with an opportunity that we know would have it’s good and bad side, but at the end of the day you often can’t resist.

            “Wonderful World” is up next and is quite laid back and smooth sounding which does remind me a little of Daniel Powter, especially the energy that is injected into the song towards the chorus. It’s quite mellow when it starts but then crescendos into the chorus which gives a great surge of energy to anyone listening. The song is about how despite things being good you often can’t see them, or as James Morrison points out if you don’t have someone to share them with, “Well I know that it’s a wonderful world but I can’t feel it right now, well I thought that I was doing well but I just want to cry now, well I know that it’s a wonderful world from the sky down to the sea but I can only see it when you’re here, here with me.” The next track up is titled “The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore” and is arguably one of my favourite songs on the album, along with many of the others! It’s very Jack Johnson sounding, but with more backing music than he often has. There’s no change in pace really or volume which gives a slightly monotone feel to it, apart from the chorus which does sound a little more intense. It sounds very sincere and quite raw in a sense, “It’s time to surrender it’s been too long pretending, there’s no use in crying when the pieces don’t fit anymore, the pieces don’t fit here anymore.” As you can probably tell from those lyrics this track is about the break up of a relationship, but you can actually see his emotions from this song rather than just sounding all weepy and moaning about being lonely and missing someone.

            “One Last Chance” is quite sombre sounding and is thought to reflect his past which involved a lot of troubles with his parents and also loosing friends to drugs. It’s very honest sounding and a little bleak despite apparently being about taking one last chance, “Just give me the time and space to heal my head, some people say that I’m not worth it, I’ve made mistakes but nobody’s perfect, I guess I’ll give it a try.” There is a lot of emotion in this sound and is probably the most heartfelt on the album so far. It’s followed by track six which is the title track “Undiscovered.” This starts off with plucking guitar strings and emotive sounding lyrics; his voice is undeniably smooth sounding with just the right amount of ruggedness to make it sound sexy. It is a little egotistical sounding especially some of the lyrics where he professes that he’s not lost, he just feels he’s an undiscovered talent almost – clearly the boy is right but possibly not the best way to win round critics by singing of his talent! It’s also the shortest song on the album at just over two minutes, “I look at you, you bite your tongue, you don’t know why or where I’m coming from. But in my head I’m close to you, and in the rain I’m searching for the sun.” Next up is “The Letter” is quite simply a song about a letter that he’s had for a long time now but can’t quite seem to open. “I’ll let go and just forget her, she was no good for me, deep down I know that’s the way I have to be, so how come I still can’t open this letter, I can’t forget her.” It’s quite a moving song and the message behind it is one that will appeal to most people, there are always little reminders of past relationships and very often, despite the past, you just can’t forget them. Another great song in my opinion, with the pace of the song not being too quick and soaring lyrics it’s a hit!

            “Call the Police” is the eighth song on the album and many think this is the best glimpse of Morrison at his best. It’s an edgy track and unrestrained with emotion in the lyrics. It’s all about him taking out his anger at his past, “Call the police cos I’ve lost control and I really wanna see you bleed.” If I’m honest I don’t really like this track, well I like the verses but not the chorus! It’s a little loud and violent sounding almost with a chorus that sounds distinctly Nirvana like almost, which he can’t quite pull off. “This Boy” is up next and the opening is much calmer sounding, very James Blunt-esque with guitars playing softly in the background. The differences between him and James Blunt are not always evident but I feel there’s more emotion in Morrison’s tracks as well as having a rawer and less polished sound to him in general. There’s some great lyrics in this track “I’m still here but it hasn’t been easy, I’m sure that you had your reasons, I’m cared of all this emotion for years I’ve been holding it down.” Clearly it’s a song relating to his troubles while growing up, especially with his parents and thankfully the song does end happily saying that he’s ready to put it all behind him. I think it’s quite brave really to speak to his past difficulties in a song and even admit that it hasn’t been easy on him.

            “The Rain Must Fall” starts off sounding rather like a country track but slightly slower, it’s also got elements of a crooning jazz track as well. One thing’s for sure, there’s a range of different genres on this album! As for the track itself it’s a little bit of a non starter really, he almost sounds like he’s wailing at certain points which does detract from my enjoyment. As for the mood of the song it is quite depressing but after listening to the lyrics carefully it’s not actually meant to be seen that way, “Dreams can come true, you know inside you really want them to, you can sit you can wait you can leave your fate in summer’s hands.” Not really a hit with me to be honest, probably the main downside of the album is this track. “How Come” is the next track and immediately lifted my mood after the previous one; it’s much catchier and sounds just like a Daniel Powter track but slightly more edgy if that makes sense. It’s a very mellow track which makes for very easy listening, “How come you always end up changing your intentions, how come you always wind up blowing out cold, there’s nothing honest and you’re full of false pretensions.” A refreshing break from love songs, nice and bitter!

            “The Last Goodbye” is the second to last track on Morrison’s debut album, perhaps it would have been better as the last track due to its title! The opening music is almost a minute long which did irritate me slightly as I felt the song was never going to get going initially. Upon first impressions I really wasn’t overly taken with this song, it’s a bit wishy washy sounding and drags a little. However after listening to it a couple of times I fell in love with it, the mood is very sombre and still with beautifully honest lyrics, “It’s like every emotion you showed me you kept back in, and every true word that you ever spoke was really deceiving, so I’m leaving this time cos this is my last goodbye.” For once it’s a song full of anger without the anger almost, he sounds as if he’s tired of this relationship and just wants to say goodbye now. A great track! The final track is “Better Man” and is perhaps an omen for what he hopes to become after the release of this album due to his troubled past. It’s quite a mellow track with very little backing music, letting his voice shine through and the lyrics really impact on the listener. Not the strongest track on the album but not the weakest either. “All that I need, for you I’d give my soul, see me love me just the way I am, I said for you I am a better man.”

            So to sum up this album I have to give it 3.5 out of 5. There’s a couple of absolutely amazing tracks including his first single release, but then there’s also a couple of poor tracks and a couple of middling tracks. If you’re a fan of his first single as I was then don’t go running out to buy this without listening to a couple of the other tracks. His sounds is very much James Blunt, Damien Rice, Daniel Powter, etc. all mixed up together so it’s not exactly something fresh on the one hand. However on the other there is a certain element of honesty and passion about his songs which does make a refreshing change. I’ll certainly look out for any future releases from him and I have a feeling this guy might just make it big!

            The album is available to buy in shops now and is priced at £7.99 on Amazon.

            Thanks for reading!

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          • Product Details

            1. Under The Influence
            2. You Give Me Something
            3. Wonderful World
            4. Pieces Don't Fit Anymore
            5. One Last Chance
            6. Undiscovered
            7. Letter
            8. Call The Police
            9. This Boy
            10. If The Rain Must Fall
            11. How Come
            12. Last Goodbye
            13. Better Man