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I bought this album a while ago now but I still listen to it as it's such a great album. The album contains the single "You Give Me Something" which is a lovely chilled out ballad. The song is a pop song with a touch of soul and the lyrics are very touching and meaningful. It's a love song without the cheese factor and James's floaty vocals really make the song stand out from the rest. This is perhaps the best song on the album as it's just a wonderful piece of music. The use of instruments, the vocals, the emotion - EVERYTHING about this song is simply stunning. I also like "Wonderful World" which is perhaps the most upbeat song on the album. It's one of those feel good songs that make you feel instantly better when you hear it. Again, the song has a little bit of soul in it but it's mostly a pop song. The great thing about this album is that it's pop without being cheesy, i.e this is "cool" music. The whole album can be enjoyed time and time again as it's all killer no filler. I can honestly play this album over and over and never get bored of it. The album has a decent running time and it's full of classic songs. There are no weak tracks on this album, it's just a great listen and it's perfect for these long summer days as it's so easy to listen to. It's great to just unwind to and it's mature sound means that it would appeal to everyone. I would recommend this album. It's wonderfully written and I can relate to most of the songs as they touch me. Recommended!
James Morrison - Undiscovered (2006) Having realised that I had at least two James Morrison songs from this album already, I recently took the plunge and bought the rest of the album on iTunes on their 'complete my album' function. This guy is extremely talented without doubt, plays guitar, sings and writes his own songs, he wrote or co wrote every song on this hugely successful debut album (over 2 million Worldwide). He has (since this album) collaborated with a number of other singers such as Nelly Furtado and Jason Mraz, his soulful style blending easily with others. His voice is a little husky, a little soulful, a little folksy, but certainly recognisable. ~~The Tracks~~ 1. Under the Influence The opening track is a nice soul/gospel/pop song which takes influences from all the aforementioned genres and allows Morrison to use his vocals well in a quite up tempo way. I do like the almost 'put in by chance' way the Indian melodies hang around, bit like a late 60's offering, nice. 7/10. 2. You Give Me Something His big single hit and deservedly so. A gorgeous smooth start that is acoustic like (though I know it isn't). His voice is very, very soulful here and reminiscent of his hero, Stevie Wonder. His lyrics are ultra smooth too and although I am not a 'smooth' fan, there is something about this track that really hits the right buttons. I love the use of the horns that are so reminiscent of 70's soul yet at the same time very contemporary. Top song 9/10. 3. Wonderful World Another big single hit, and in some ways a 'bigger' song than the last offering, more polished, more confident, yet lacking the 'impact' of the last track for me. Don't get me wrong, this is another big 'white' soul number that has a bit more of an Indie edge to it and is very, very good. I guess the thing about music is that it hits different people in different ways, not so well for me on this. 7/10. 4. The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore A bit slower and a bit more mournful in a relationship break up kinda way. I like the lyrics, I like his vocal, in fact I like the song. 7/10. 5. One Last Chance This is good too, he strays away from the soul side of things a bit here and we get something more akin to contemporary indie rock, but slower. Still very melodic in a soulful way and yet has an 'American' feel to it that he pulls off well. 7/10. 6. Undiscovered I do like this, big, bold vocals, closer to track 2 in style and though I haven't heard this played acoustically, I'm betting it would sound good played that way. He has a voice that sounds like he should clear his throat sometimes, and yet it works well here. 7/10. 7. The Letter It is a shame that I heard this song seven tracks in as it is a bit too samey, apart from the harmonica (I think it's a harmonica) which gives it a bit more of a bluesy feel, but not enough to stand it out from the other songs, and I have to confess I have let this play in the background a couple of times and not really 'noticed' it. 5/10. 8. Call the Police Oh...um...not sure....well.....good vocals....has a 'Bond theme' feel about it....um....well...um...yeh...it's okay. 4/10. 9. This Boy This is nice....maybe too much of a good thing I am thinking by this point....I have I already heard this?...no, it's definitely a different one, or is it? Morrison has started to sound just a tad repetitive by now and I am getting bored thinking...why did I get the whole album. 3/10. 10. If the Rain Must Fall Another big soulful ballad, bit more angsty which is good after the last couple of offerings, but again, much of a muchness. 5/10. 11. How Come Isn't this the last song?...was there a break? 3/10. 12. The Last Goodbye Nice, slower, smoother, nice beat, nice vocals, though by now I have to admit I have kinda had enough...this would have been better earlier in the album. Nice flowing beat and an orchestral feel to it. 6/10. 13. Better Man Acoustic really, Morrison and his guitar, very pleasant and you can see from this song how he has useful collaborated with Mraz. Very similar style in terms of vocals, pace and pitch. 6/10. ~~Final Thoughts~~ I want to be nice about this album, I really do. He is a good singer, he plays the guitar with a competency that is a joy to behold. He has a great talent for lyrical writing. He has a couple of songs on this album which are truly very, very good......and yet......after track 6 I became quite bored with him and his songs and started to think he sounded a bit whiney in a husky, desperate sort of way. He is young and will undoubtedly get better, his latest offering (not on this album obviously) is a great collaboration with Nelly Furtado. I get the feeling on this album that he got carried away with the hype surrounding him and tried to live up to the greatness placed on his shoulders and the truth is, he doesn't....yet. Worth buying the whole album? In my opinion no, but not an album to throw away if given as a present...tracks 1 - 6 for me, and that's about it.
================= The Artist ================= James Morrison is the husky-voiced highly talented solo artist from Rugby. His debut album 'Undiscovered' was a huge success and brought him a lot of fame, he was out of the limelight for a while but has recently made a comeback with the smash hit 'Broken Strings', a duet with Nelly Furtado. Music has always been a part of James' life, learning to play the guitar at the age of twelve and enjoying music. In 2006 he gained his huge fanbase with the release 'You Give Me Something'. A lot of people (me included!) love his style of jazzy, soulful soft rock. So far he has released two studio albums: Undiscovered (2006) Songs For You, Truths For Me (2008) ================= Tracklist ================= 01. Under The Influence 02. You Give Me Something 03. Wonderful World 04. The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore 05. One Last Chance 06. Undiscovered 07. The Letter 08. Call The Police 09. This Boy 10. If The Rain Must Fall 11. How Come 12. The Last Goodbye 13. Better Man ==================== 01. Under The Influence ==================== This is a great feel good track for the opener, it starts off with a funky beat and a great melody on the piano. The verse really shows off this guys amazing vocal range, he has a very unique husky voice that suits this style of music perfectly. If I had a choice, I would put 'Wonderful World' as the opening track just because I love it but there is definitely nothing negative to say about this song! "Whatever I do I'm under the ifluence of you". 9/10. ==================== 02. You Give Me Something ==================== This is the track that gained James Morrison the popular reputation he has today. It was succesful worldwide and I can see why although there are still better tracks on this album. It starts off with a simple tune quickly followed by some very relaxing vocals. The lyrics to this song are good but they are made even better by the way in which James sings them! This track has a really soulful feel to it, it's very different to the up beat first track. "You give me something that makes me scared alright, this could be nothing but I'm willing to give it a try, please give me something 'cause someday I might know my heart". 9/10. ==================== 03. Wonderful World ==================== This is my second favourite song on the album. The lyrics seem very heart felt and you can tell that James really means everything he sings. I think that on some level everyone can relate to these lyrics, no matter what the context, that's one of the things that make this song so great. James wastes no time in bringing in his powerful vocals by charging straight into the verse within the first second. "I've been down so low people look at me and they know, they can tell something is wrong, it's like I don't belong, well, staring through a window, standing outside there just too happy to care, tonight I wanna be like them but I'll mess it up again, I tripped on my way in, got kicked outside everybody saw". 10/10. ======================= 04. The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore ======================= This track is a slow ballad type song, quite different to the previous tracks, the verses are sung in a very low voice until James shows the full potential of his endless talent in the powerful chorus. This isn't a favourite song of mine, I find it slightly depressing but all the same I can appreciate that it is a good track, it's just not to my taste. "I've been twisting and turning in a space that's too small, I've been drawing the line, and watching it fall, you've been closing me in, closing the space in my heart". 8/10. ==================== 05. One Last Chance ==================== Much like 'Wonderful World' this track contains lyrics that everybody will be able to relate to at some point. It's not a very uplifting song, more of a thought provoking track but still good, depending on what sort of mood you're in of course! "In my life I don't mean much to anyone, I lost my way, can't go back anymore, once I had everything now it's gone, don't tell me again 'cause I've heard it all before, 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" 7/10. ==================== 06. Undiscovered ==================== This track has quite a mellow, uplifting feel to it. It's not a favourite of mine but again it just depends on your taste and what sort of mood you're in! It starts off with a nice melody on the piano and some jazzy, soulful vocals from James. "I'm not lost, I'm not lost just undiscovered, and when we're alone we're all the same as each other, you see the look that's on my face, you might think that I'm out of place, I'm not lost just undiscovered". 8/10 ==================== 07. The Letter ==================== I love the intro to this track, it never fails to put a smile on my face for some reason! Again, it's quite a mellow track and very easy to listen to. The chorus has got a really soulful feel too. "It's got my name on it, and it's just waiting there for me, I felt the cold run through my veins" 9/10. ==================== 08. Call The Police ==================== I really don't like this song I'm afraid! There's nothing particularly bad about it I just find it quite difficult to get into. It has a very jazzy feel to it at the start of the song but it goes too powerful in the chorus for it to work. "I'm done, shoot your gun, I think it's time to take it back to where we started from, your pain, my pain, I'll write it down and tell you exactly how I feel again." 6/10. ==================== 09. This Boy ==================== By far my favourite song on the album. It's so simple yet so powerful! I love the acoustic guitar background, there are no pointless instruments filling gaps, it's just fantastic vocals and very easy to listen to music. "This girl trys her best everyday but it's all gone to waste 'cause there's no one around, this girl she can draw she can paint, likes to dance, she can skate now she don't make a sound". 10/10. ==================== 10. If The Rain Must Fall ==================== I don't really like this track. It sounds too old fashioned and jazzy which is not something that appeals to me. The vocals are good, I just can't listen to this track at all because I find myself getting slightly bored so I'm not even going to post the lyrics! 3/10. ==================== 11. How Come ==================== Unfortunately, I can't really comment on this track because I deleted it and it didn't make it on to my iPod either-I guess that says it all really! Give it a chance though, you might like it. 1/10. ==================== 12. The Last Goodbye ==================== This track starts off with a slow beat that sounds a bit like the start of 'The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore'. It takes a while for the song to really kick in, the intro goes on for quite a while until the start of the verse. I didn't think that I would like this track at first however, after listening to it a few times I actually started to love it. "I don't believe you and I never will, oh I can't live by your side with the lies you've tried to instill, I can't take anymore, I don't have to give you a reason" 10/10. ==================== 13. Better Man ==================== This is a very nice, relaxing song, with an acoustic guitar and gorgeous vocals, very easy to listen to but can be a bit depressing! "You are all that I need, for you I'd give my soul to keep" 8/10. ==================== My Overall Opinion ==================== This was a brilliant debut album from James Morrison, it is filled with fantastic tracks with the exception of just a few and I'm sure that everyone will enjoy at least one track. If you have bought James' second album then I would recommend buying this one too because it is well worth the money! Overall, 8/10.
Undiscovered is the first album from the very talented UK singer James Morrison that was released in July 2006. It has 13 songs including the five popular singles that are probably his best-known work. James Morrisons style is a very soulful one which makes for honest and emotion filled songs that will leave the listener in awe and wanting more. He is definitely not the typical pop artist but that is only a good thing because the album provides something 'real' as opposed to the same old tired format that most new artists seem to go for. The first single and possibly most well known song from the album was 'You Give Me Something', a song that first gained him notoriety by reaching number 5 in the UK singles charts. It gives a good insight into what to expect from the rest of the album. The other singles 'Wonderful World', 'The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore', 'Undiscovered' and 'One Last Chance' all follow a similar format. The singles all provide an emotional look inside the world of James Morrison. From the sad tale of being apart from someone on 'Wonderful World' to the desperate realisation on 'One Last Chance' that he needs to change his life to succeed. Some people have questioned the lyrical ability that is on the album. I don't see this as a problem at all. In my opinion, when he is aiming to provide an emotional and deep insight there isn't a great need to use complicated words when more simple ones have a better feeling and give the listener the chance to just sit and listen and enjoy instead of having to think through and decipher what it was that was just sung. My favourite song on the album is probably 'Wonderful World' just because I think it is his best work and is something that everyone can relate to. At 55 minutes long there is plenty to offer from this debut effort and is definitely worth checking out if you like soul or soft rock music. 8.5/10
'Undiscovered' is James Morrison's 11-track debut offering, which was released in the UK in July 2006. That means that I've owned this CD for nearly three years, and it's still one of my favourite albums, and I still get that tingle from his voice that I got from the very first time that I heard him. His voice is gravelly, soulful and he sings with such passion that it makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. James is a singer/song writer and the lyrics are beautiful, he sings of heart break, heartache and hardship but it still manages to remain an uplifting album, that can be sung along to time and time again. His style is soulful, bluesy and emotional, he sounds as though he sings from his heart which is why he touches mine and I genuinely "feel" his music. There are 13 tracks on this album: Under The Influence You Give Me Something Wonderful World The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore One Last Chance Undiscovered The Letter Call The Police This Boy If The Rain Must Fall How Come The Last Goodbye Better Man I can honestly say there is not one track that I dont like although my favourite tracks on the album are Wonderful World, You Give Me Something and This boy. oh yes and I love The Pieces Don't Fit Here Anymore! Dont let James Morrison go "undiscovered" in your music collection give him a listen to and you will be hooked.
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Under the Influence
2 You Give Me Something
3 Wonderful World
4 Pieces Don't Fit Anymore
5 One Last Chance
8 Call the Police
9 This Boy
10 Better Man - James Morrison
11 Last Goodbye - James Morrison
12 Last Goodbye