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Strong debut from Olly Murs,
This review is from: Olly Murs (Audio CD)
I've already stated in a previous review that I saw none of the 2009 season of 'The X Factor', so the only knowledge I have of runner-up finalist Mr Murs is through his 2 singles and his frequent appearances in certain tabloid newspapers.
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!
That said, if you like upbeat, catchy pop music, 'Olly Murs' should flick your switch quite happily. I would hope at least one more single is taken from this album and that sales are good enough for Murs to get the chance to develop his skills further.