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Marcus Collins Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Mar 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B006YTJ0M0
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,096 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Love & Hate 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Don't Surrender 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  8. Tightrope 3:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen10. Feel Like I Feel 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Having wowed audiences with his unique sound and style on The X Factor, Marcus Collins entertains us once more with the release of his debut album Marcus Collins. The cover of the classic rock track "Seven Nation Army" originally by The White Stripes features Marcus’ distinctive smooth vocals. He says: “I’ve always been a fan of the original version of "Seven Nation Army" and hope people like my take on it. I’m so happy to be releasing my debut album. I’ve worked on my music every minute possible since I came out of the show and can’t wait for everyone to be able to hear it”. Marcus has written a number of tracks for the album, of which friend and mentor Gary Barlow is executive producer. The X Factor finalist has also been in the studio with Brian Rawling (David Bowie, Kylie, Girls Aloud). As well as his original tracks, the album will feature three stand out covers including the single "Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher" by Jackie Wilson--one of his best performances on The X Factor; and "Tightrope" by Janelle Monae who is a huge inspiration to Marcus.

BBC Review

Unless Little Mix shock us with a techno-pop take on Icky Thump, Marcus Collins will surely become the first and last X Factor star to launch an album with a White Stripes cover. His version of Seven Nation Army is perhaps less notable for what he's done to it – after all, French crooner Ben l'Oncle Soul had already reworked the rocky original into a slick soul tune – than for what he's left out. Unlike Jack White, Marcus Collins isn't going to Wichita. He isn't making the sweat drip out of every pore. And he certainly isn't bleeding right before the Lord.

Telling? Yes, because the 23-year-old's debut album is essentially soul music without the blood and sweat. He may look as though he's raided Bruno Mars' wardrobe, but here Collins comes off like a lightweight Cee Lo Green. However, his glossy retro-pop songs often recall less trendy artists. Don't Surrender is so desperate to rewrite Gabrielle's Give Me a Little More Time that it actually features the line "Give me a little more time". That's Just Life sounds like a dodgy Eternal album track. Feel Like I Feel is a sexless George Michael/Jamiroquai hybrid – not an image to linger on.

It's not just the music that's derivative; there's scarcely an original lyrical idea on this "mostly self-penned" record. Collins and his collaborators, who include X Factor mentor Gary Barlow, are especially prone to slipping into the mixed metaphor trap. "I washed you right out of my hair now baby / It's time to check out of here," Collins trills on It's Time. Is he singing about hotel shampoo?

To be fair, this good-humoured Liverpudlian is a perfectly competent pop-soul vocalist. But he's also a corny one – too fervent of falsetto, a bit showbiz of ad-lib. That's a reminder of his talent show origins, as is his Butlins cover of Jackie Wilson's Higher and Higher and a tension-free take on Janelle Monáe's Tightrope. Last year Cher Lloyd showed that an X Factor star could make a genuinely entertaining pop album. Then Rebecca Ferguson proved that a singer discovered on primetime telly can fashion a classy one. This record is neither. Little Mix, it's over to you.

--Nick Levine

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great debut from an x factor contestant! 13 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
Considering how quickly this album was put together, it's a great debut from an x factor contestant. Marcus co-wrote 7 tracks, Gary Barlow wrote 1 and there are 3 covers. The vocals and production are great and the songs are all mid-up tempo - there are no ballads. My favourite tracks, after 1 listen are: Love & Hate, Mercy, Feel Like I Feel and Higher and Higher. If you liked Marcus on the x factor or are looking for a pop album with great vocals, I would definitely recommend this album!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brill 12 Mar 2012
By cal2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
What a great 1st album love all the songs and hear the 2nd single will be mercy which is a great pick for 2nd single. Its a feel good album that has a really good summer vibe perfect for a bbq on a hot summer night.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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Ever since Leona Lewis won her series of 'The X Factor' back in 2006, it totally shifted the concept of how the winner should play things out with their career after the show ends - namely to wait a year until the live shows return again in October and then come back with a bang to kickstart your career. This of course, is entirely idealistic a proposition, considering that this tactic has worked for a select few - namely Leona and also Alexandra Burke - but stunted the careers of say, Leon Jackson and Matt Cardle.

And after last year's series of the hit ITV1 show was met with it's fair level of criticism and press snipe-age, no less because of some huge changes within ranks to judging panels and acts that were on the show far longer than they deserved to be, critics for the first time were saying that that year's graduates would probably be the first to struggle with single and album releases, a suggestion that wasn't hushed down when Marcus Collins, who came second behind winners Little Mix in last year's show, announced he was releasing an album as early as now.

But any signs of it being a rushed, half baked Mother's Day tie-in are thankfully absent when you listen to his self titled debut, which is 80% original material and 20% covers - one of which is his first top 10 single, a cover of the White Stripes' 2003 hit 'Seven Nation Army'. Naturally the Jo Whiley/'DOWN WITH FAKE MUSIC' brigade have been on his case over this choice of cover - and though I was unsure of it myself at first a few more listens revealed what a brilliant job he'd done of it, he's really made the song his own.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB! 12 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
I've just listened to Marcus' new album and am blown away. It's got a great Soul/Motown vibe yet manages to stay current at the same time. At times his voice brings to mind Stevie Wonder and at others, the wonderful Kenny Thomas. Can't recommend it highly enough, so many stand out tracks it's hard to choose a favourite, so I won't, just 'favourite' the whole thing!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go Marcus, 17 Mar 2012
By Oscar
Format:Audio CD
This is a great debut album from a promising singer. Great to listen to 'Higher& Higher' which he sung on the X Factor but also love the new songs he has written himself. Hope he brings out'Feel like I Feel' , written by Gary Barlow, as a single.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut album 14 Mar 2012
By Mollyx
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent debut album from Marcus Collins.A great mix of songs.Love Seven Nations Army his first single he adds his soulful touch to this song.
Absolutely love Don't Surrender,Mercy and Feel like I feel.This album has a really quality and well worth buying.It was a brilliant idea bringing his first album out early as I loved him on the X Factor.
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4.0 out of 5 stars marcus 25 Oct 2013
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Really enjoyed this cd lovely voice and was not disappointed hope to buy more from Marcus in the future and wish him all the best
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good 22 Sep 2013
By nanny
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This cd was ok. Not sure what I expected but most of the dongs were similar. He's got a good voice. Easy to listen to.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
not what I expected , I would not recommend this cd
Not my type of album , It may grow on me
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars So good
I bought this because I did like him on the X factor and I wasn't disappointed. It's so good, every song is brilliant, what a bargain, I even bought one each for my friends
Published 7 months ago by Maggie - Islington
4.0 out of 5 stars Golden voice
Marcus Collins came to prominence following success on the TV Programme.
I bought the CD shortly afterwards, and was amazed at the variety of songs that he recorded, making... Read more
Published 9 months ago by lawman
4.0 out of 5 stars cd
I enjoy cd i like his voice and thought he seem really nice when saw him in xfactor series. d
Published 10 months ago by jo
4.0 out of 5 stars CD arrived in perfect condition
Not a bad CD. Love Marcus's voice and a great first album. hope he brings out another one in the not too distant future!
Published 13 months ago by Vicky Ley
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Bought this for my daughter after his success from X-factor, great album, some very good tracks, even better after we met him on hols, really recommend this one.
Published 14 months ago by simon boreham
5.0 out of 5 stars Marcus Collins
Bought this C D because it was really cheap and as Marcus Collins doesn't seem to have risen to fame as I expected I had low expectations. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Cas
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD! Great listening!
I enjoyed performances of Marcus Collins on the X Factor which prompted me to buy his CD. I was not disappointed! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Frances
5.0 out of 5 stars Do like Marcus
Great album. Good singer. Look forward to hearing more from him in the future. All stored on my Ipod ready to play
Published 15 months ago by Sue
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT FOR ME
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