- Audio CD (12 Mar. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: RCA
- ASIN: B006YTJ0M0
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,609 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Marcus Collins CD
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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.
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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
I bought the CD shortly afterwards, and was amazed at the variety of songs that he recorded, making each one his own version.
His voice is effortless and reaches all the high notes with ease, I can foresee a great future for this young man, who not only sings well, but is also a very genuine nice guy into the bargain!
You will not be disappointed with this presentation, I have played the CD over and over again.
Most of the songs have this "soul" feeling, so typical for Motown records. The cd is very...consistent. And here comes the paradox. The consistency is its strongest and weakest side simultaneously.
There is no outstanding song, no song that could become a worldwide hit. It's a shame, 'cause Marcus has a very warm and interesting voice. I keep my fingers crossed for his career :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really enjoyed this cd lovely voice and was not disappointed hope to buy more from Marcus in the future and wish him all the bestPublished on 25 Oct. 2013 by shopgirl666
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.Published on 22 Sept. 2013 by nanny
not what I expected , I would not recommend this cd
Not my type of album , It may grow on me
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 friendsPublished on 1 Sept. 2013 by Maggie - Islington
I enjoy cd i like his voice and thought he seem really nice when saw him in xfactor series. dPublished on 21 Jun. 2013 by jo
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 on 12 Mar. 2013 by Vicky Ley