Almost another four years has passed since his last solo album and James Morrison, still only 34 has delivered another solid collection of songs with the trademark sound that we have long since come to expect. All of them have a soul influence and showcase James' warm and husky voice. It would appear that the man is in a very good place at the moment as most are uplifting and positive love songs.
'You're Stronger Than You Know' is James' fifth album, it opens with the solid stomping track 'My Love Goes On', a duet with Joss Stone whose voices compliment each other perfectly. If singles still sold then it would probably have returned him to the charts, as it was it made very little impact as the lead single but is easily one of his best to date.
There are no shortage of other great songs, 'Brighter Kind of Love', the radio-friendly love anthem 'So Beautiful', the Motown-isque 'Feels Like the First Time' and 'Glorious' in particular are my current favourites. The voice is one of the strongest among the young male artists on the scene and slower tracks like 'I Still Need You' and the haunting ballad 'Until the Stars Go Out' which is a gem of an album closer really give it recognition.
I have always felt that James likes to his express his own thoughts and feelings through his music, and this album demonstrates how he has really progressed as a songwriter in over a decade, even though his talent for writing was always clear from the very start when he sang of a 'Wonderful World'.
If you already own a James Morrison album then you know what to be expect with 'You're Stronger Than You Know' which is a very positive, feel-good record which offers up more of the same, he's stuck to what he's great at and hasn't experimented with other styles. If you aren't so familiar with his talent but enjoy the work of real musicians and modern soul music, I advise you to take a listen.