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Refreshing but not too original
on 17 August 2006
Many may spot James Morrison and think 'oh great... another singer/songwriter'. So what sets James Morrison apart from his contemporaries?
His honest and raspy voice is obviously a major draw and refreshing to hear. He is a step ahead of contemporary James Blunt in this area. However, even though you cannot disagree with the raving comments about his tone this sound isn't new. I could not deny there are striking similarities with Gavin Degraw. One only has to hear the Degraw hit 'Chariot' to hear this.
This does not mean there is not a lot to like about this debut, on the contrary. The sincerity evident in all the songs is always welcome. However, for me to give five stars the album has to change my life or inspire me a great deal to do something. There are some fantastic songs on this release which really gave me chills. 'Wonderful World', 'Pieces Don't Fit Anymore', 'Undiscovered' and 'Better Man' stuck out for me but there are a lot of 'inbetweens' which just plesantly pass you by without much thought.
Lyrically and vocally brilliant, musically lacking in some places but definitely worth your time if your a fan of singer/songwriters. Love him or hate him though, I think James Blunt wins on the 'solid debut' front.
Three and a half stars