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What is going on here? The last time we heard from one of Ireland's finest James Vincent McMorrow it was on 2010's "Early in the Morning" where the Dublin troubadour had done a "Bon Iver" and retreated to a remote cottage albeit on the Irish coast to pour out his heart. It was a very nice album not least the haunting "From the woods" but it didn't quite set him apart from a range of artists who ploughed the sensitive singer-songwriter folk rock furrow, It seems that on this new album that McMorrow is determined to address this and come forward with a radically new offer to the listener which attempts to re-calibrate his music. "Post Tropical" owes greater debts to Frank Ocean, The Weeknd, James Blake and later Justin Vernon than it does Van Morrison & Damien Rice and it is to McMorrow's credit that he has taken this bold stride. Even more laudable is the fact that it works, indeed at its best, there are moments of icy beauty on this album which tug on the emotions so hard that they produce genuine warmth. The splendid striking opener "Cavalier" is a completely enchanting song with a great vocal. Certainly, it does have more than a hint of James Blake but whereas the latter tends to over complicate McMorrow has produced a silky smooth soul anthem which could equally soundtrack love affairs and broken hearts. He matches it later with the pulsating "Red Dust" where he sings longingly "Sometimes my hands they don't feel like my own, I need someone to love, I need someone to hold". Again this is a kind of songwriting nearer to N.E.R.D than Neil Young but if it is of this quality who cares? Likewise, the old Bon Iver influences still leach through not least on "Gold" but it is very well done.

Other highlights include the poignant soul ballad "Glacier" which could give John Legend a hit should he be wise enough to cover it, and the plaintive yet gorgeous "Outside digging" which rounds off the album in style. If there is a small criticism perhaps on times the icy sweetness does become overwhelming although to be fair the title track does have an inner hard edge. But this picking holes when in fact the album is a very strong and coherent set of songs. It is noted that the Irish Times has already declared this "the album of the year" so early in 2014. This is a little bit like the Latvian European Song Contest Jury giving the Lithuania song 10 points. In short, its, a bit early to pass such judgements and the competition will be fierce. Nevertheless "Post Tropical" is a ​fine sleek soul album from a brave artist turning his back on previous works and his own fan expectations upside down. Let us hope that he is richly rewarded for his ambition and boldness.
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on 20 April 2016
Stunning second album : much as I loved the first album , McMorrow has really found his voice in Post Tropical. Much more complex and nuanced than Early in the Morning, this is more of a progression than a departure. The vocals, arrangement and production blow his first album out of the water. While I understand why some compare him to James Blake, I also see the differences and how McMorrow is asserting himself: creating distance from what is now a bit of a crowded and samey genre. Most of us have had enough of the folking around, Post Tropical is Post Folk and hopefully the start of his journey as an artist with real difference
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on 14 January 2014
I read somewhere this is supposed to be heavily influenced by hip-hop / R&B - WRONG!

THIS ALBUM COULD NOT BE FURTHER AWAY IN STYLE, SOUND, RHYTHM OR BEAT FROM EITHER HIP-HOP OR R&B - so do not let that misinformation put you off getting this. If you liked his previous album - you'll likely love this as I do.

On the second listen I can already tell this is another fantastic album from James which will 'keep on giving' for many listens to come and then to come back to like a treasured old friend in times of need.

Very laid back & relaxing with just enough tint of darkness to prevent any whiff of cheese spoiling the mood, which is deep and contemplative, comforting and gentle: S P A C I O U S !

This guy has a propensity for ORIGINALITY and quality - an excellent follow up to his debut album 'Early In The Morning' which has already become one of my 'classic albums' in my collection.

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on 15 June 2014
I loved the first James Vincent McMorrow album but I just don't get the same buzz with this album. I got hold of the first one at the same time as something from the Fleet Foxes and also Ben Howard and they all seemed to compliment each other. This album doesn't seem to match up to the first one but maybe it's just me.
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on 28 February 2014
I absolutely loved his first album so perhaps this one could never quite live up to it but saying that, it's still really good and having seen him perform songs from it live made listening to it again after the live show feel like a new experience. This man's got talent in spades and ain't afraid to use it!
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on 28 December 2015
This is my favorite album and I'm so glad I bought the vinyl version...the only problem is that when I went to redeem my digital download I copied the link on the piece of paper but typed in "" (because the artists name is James Vincent mcmorrow) instead of "" and was accidentally greeted with a porn website...
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on 19 July 2015
Really disappointing follow-up to his excellent first album. Seems to have ditched the range of tunes & range of his voice and opted for mostly just hushed & high-pitched. I still love the first album and was hoping for so much more. I even think the cover of this second album is rather naff: looks like something out of the 1980's.
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on 10 February 2014
a nice departure from the first album - comparisons with James Blake are fair. But the voice is sublime, even if the tunes are a little less of a hook. 'Cavalier' is the standout track.
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on 3 July 2014
In a reviewing frame of mind. I wonder could I sing like James.

I liked this album very much. Some of the songs are outstanding and the others are very good, which just shows how good the outstanding ones are, as they stand out against very good songs.

It would be easy to have outstanding songs on a poor album. If you see what I mean?
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on 16 February 2014
As many people have said already, its a gem. listened to a few times the songs have that feel of something older, worthy and honest.
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