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Early In The Morning Special Edition


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“A debut album full of songs with the atmosphere of ghost stories, so acute is the sense of private sorrows being revisited...vocals, lyrics and arrangements whose restraint and subtletly are totally at odds with the profound impact and resonance of his songs’. Sunday Times Culture, Breaking Act

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Product details

  • Audio CD (6 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Special Edition
  • Label: Believe Digital
  • ASIN: B006WKDKOK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. If I Had A Boat
2. Hear The Noise That Moves So Soft And Low
3. Sparrow & The Wolf
4. Breaking Hearts
5. We Don't Eat
6. This Old Dark Machine
7. Follow You Down To The Red Oak Tree
8. Down The Burning Ropes
9. From The Woods!
10. And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop
See all 11 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Higher Love
2. Wicked Game (Live at St Canice Cathedral, Kilkenny)
3. We Don't Eat (acoustic version)
4. We Are Ghosts

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Repackaged and highly acclaimed album from James Vincent McMorrow including his stunning top 20 cover of Steve Winwood's “Higher Love”, as heard on a high-profile TV advertising campaign. The album has already had number 1 success in his native Ireland, and received a significant amount of critical acclaim.

Review

“Sounds both fresh and as if they've been in your head forever…McMorrow's debut deserves its success” Q Magazine

"The Irish songsmith's haunting, soulful sound blossoms....he will be unstoppable" Guardian

“Dusky vignettes on unseen and wondrous magic…gorgeous” NME

“A captivating debut…An arresting journey from emotional trials to aural pleasure” Uncut

“His high, hoarse timbre is used to magnificent effect” Mojo

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. J. Moran on 8 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
This album is the musical version of Irelands greatest product " pure genius" from a nation that has produced many acoustic/folk/rock legends they may well have another in the making . The vocal ability of James is distintive and addicitive after many listens all the songs become favorites , but the track "we dont eat" has it all with regard to to what James is about . Like any new artist the urge to compare to similar artists from the same genre is hard not to do,but his voice does make him different/unique and his musical ability matches and betters many of the established.

Worth a listen or 10 and im sure the music according to James Vincent McMorrow will be be spread far and wide
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By zsouzsou on 3 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
Stumbled across James Vincent McMorrow whilst watching a Grey's Anatomy episode. Fell in love with the featured song (in the woods!!)
immediately. Had to learn, it's a bit difficult to purchase his music (here in Germany) :)

James' music is like china: fragile with a striking robustness in the daily use whilst keeping precious goods within.
I wish James all the best for his career.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Simon Hall on 11 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
Sometimes a voice comes along that is the aural equivalent of walking into a crumbling old church. Within the first ten seconds of James Vincent Mcmorrow's debut album you will feel as if you have discovered a ruined cathedral in a city's back streets. His ragged falsetto is hard to describe without resort to cliche: the throbbing melancholy, the aching hope of love, it's all there.

Those first ten seconds will immediately make you think of Bon Iver, and whether this is conscious imitation or not, reading the bumpf inside the CD will inform you that this album was also created in a lonely place (although perhaps not quite so lonely!). Opener If I Had a Boat ('Once I had a dream/it died long before') sounds pretty desperate, but then it's followed by, 'Now I'm pointed north/hoping for the shore.' So maybe a little faith in the future then.

However, as the album progresses and the Bon Iver voice gives way to some Jeff Buckley inflections, one thought undermines all the beauty: take that voice away and some of these songs are ever-so-slightly - I struggle to say it - pedestrian. The same old chords can be made to sound new again, but sometimes they can sound very, very old without imaginative arrangement. With a normal voice, some of these songs might sound a little repetitive.

But then From the Woods arrives, a song that really does sound like it was written by a man on the run - but from what? It's brilliant and terrifying, and reminds me of the first time I heard Violent Femmes' Country Death Song: it's an Irish backwoods horror movie sung by an angel.

So not quite five stars then. This album does not stand up to the debuts of the performers mentioned above, but the good news is that the raw talent is definitely there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By jangeddes on 6 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
This man has a hauntingly beautiful voice. His songs have passion and honesty, portrayed in a warm and simple style. Everyone needs to hear this. Stop what you are doing and listen.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. R. Ramirez on 30 Dec 2010
Format: Audio CD
I discovered a track on Vimeo after searching through the Guardians music videos. I found a cool acoustic version of This old dark machine (). I've been searching for the next album to follow on from Bon Ivers last two of emma forever and bloodbank and tried out Volcano choir...it didn't really have the same affect.

So coming across this album was really nice. It has a touch of Jeff Buckley and Damien Rice but his voice is really distinct. It's joined my top 50 albums having played it through twice. Can't wait to find out if he is playing next year in London.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bigball on 3 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
Unique sound with lots of partial influences but no domainate stylist. A great album that grows and grows
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
Listening to the Irish band Villagers supporting the wonderful Elbow the other evening I was reminded of the fine talent that continues to stream out of Ireland and in particular the ability of artists from the Emerald Isle to produce debut albums of such assuredness and maturity that they really must make others green with envy. If you have yet to hear "The year of the Jackal" you should beat a path on to Amazon post haste where you will also find "Early in the morning" from the new Dublin troubadour James Vincent McMorrow awaiting to press your aural delight buttons. A slight pause however at this point since before going into detail there is a need to address the Bon Iver issue. This is a recent phenomenon which sees mostly male artists employing a propensity to beat a retreat into some desolate rural hinterland in a hastily constructed log cabin and pour out deep melancholy in their wretchedness. McMorrow has partially done this by recording this album near the sea in a cottage somewhere off the Irish coast, that said the smell of the seaweed and the stiff Irish breeze has combined to produce songs of very sombre delight but also an underpinning soulfulness on a number of tracks which keeps the wrist slitting elements down to bare minimum. In addition to prove that he has a real sense of humour McMorrow has recently produced a truly unique cover of that highly irritating pop imp Willow Smith's ode to luxurious locks, "Whip My Hair" which can be found all over the music blogs and is undeniably great.

"Early in the morning" has been released in the UK for well over a year but on the basis of "if at first you dont succeed" McMorrows label is giving it another shot which is commendable since this music deserves to be noticed.
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