- Audio CD (29 Nov. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Syco Music
- ASIN: B003V4A5ZW
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,883 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Olly Murs CD
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This is debut Olly Murs' self-titled album. The release follows the outstanding success of his debut single "Please Don’t Let Me Go" which reached number one in September 2010, and was a bonafide sales and airplay smash. Olly’s "Thinking Of Me" was co-written by Olly, with Steve Robson and Wayne Hector. Olly co-wrote most of the album with a host of collaborators, from Chris Difford (Squeeze) to Eg White and Trevor Horn.
Anyone who enjoys a chipper ditty, a milkman-friendly whistle-along of a song, will find a lot to like in this album. Olly is a very confident fellow, with a winning smile and a spring in his step, and this is spread thickly across his debut like marzipan on a wedding cake.
There’s been a certain amount of discussion about his vocal similarities with one Will Young, but Olly is a much more carefree presence on record than his fellow – and far more serious – graduate of the school of reality TV pop stars. Plus he’s got a hat, which he wears all the time. Does Will Young wear a hat all the time? He does not.
And the overriding impression is of a man who has loved and lost but, y’know, it’s all good, and he’s ready to love again whenever you are. Yes there are stalker overtones to second single Thinking of Me, in which Olly basically takes the credit for his ex-girlfriend’s taste in... well, everything, and he happily criticises her new boyfriend too. And yes, he does like to overstate the case – witness the bombastic A Million More Years – but nothing is going to wipe that cocky grin from his face for long.
It’s not really his fault either. Ska and reggae are among the most joyous musical forms known to humankind. Add a bit of soulful pop/rock here or music hall strut there (I Blame Hollywood) and you’ve got an album that, for the first half at least, is very sure of itself indeed.
Even the relatively downbeat second half betrays little sense of doubt. It takes a certain amount of self-regard to insist that the person you have your eye on either admits that they love you or lets you get on with your life, and that’s pretty much what Ask Me to Stay demands.
Heart on My Sleeve is close to being vulnerable, but it’s followed very quickly by Hold On, a Bugsy Malone-sampling heel-clicker about being strong in the face of adversity. After that, it’s basically back to the grinning and the high kicks.
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Top Customer Reviews
His debut single, 'Please Don't Let Me Go', rightly reached #1 this past summer. It's a remarkably catchy, slightly reggae-fied offering that's typical of this album. Olly co-wrote the majority of the songs with prolific songwriters like Chris Difford, Steve Robson and Wayne Hector. John Shanks, Lol Creme and James Morrison also contribute, making this a better album than most 'X Factor' winners' debut sets!
I do think the contestants taking their time before releasing their first albums is really paying off now. This and the recent Joe McElderry debut are both really strong pop CDs that seem packed with potential hits. Murs' second single 'Thinking Of Me' has entered the charts at #4 this week, though I have to say, it IS more of a #4 record than a #1...
After the singles, it's pretty much all good. Mauldlin balladry is kept to a strict minimum and Murs is in good voice throughout. He seems to have his own style and tracks like 'Change Is Gonna Come', 'Busy', 'Love Shine Down' and 'I Blame Hollywood' will take up permanent residence in your head.
I wouldn't like to predict Olly's long-term career prospects. This is no reflection on him, just that the music industry seems to be in a really unstable place at the moment, and I do think shows like 'X Factor' struggle to create stars with longevity. They seem to last only as long as the current series and once that's over, people seem to forget them and transfer their affections to the contestants of the next series!Read more ›
My favourite tracks are Thinking of Me and I Blame Hollywood (which has a very Michael Buble feel about it) but they are all awesome!!
If you still need convincing check some of the songs out on youtube - I promise you will not be dissappointed!!!
I hope you get as much pleasure out of listening to this album as I do :)
A lot of people are sceptical about so called reality tv stars but without programmes like the X Factor singers like Olly wouldn't stand a chance in the cut-throat music business. Even my boyfriend who hates these type of shows asked us who I was listening to and it was funny to see his face when I said it was Olly Murs!
Definitely recommened from our house! : )
Overall, there is a great selection of new songs here, and they definately match up to his 2 hits released so far!
If you liked his songs so far, buy this album!
Will Young ish in parts...which isnt a bad thing ....well done Olly !!