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5.0 out of 5 stars Unbeatable hattrick of brilliant pop from everyone's favourite Essex boy..., 27 Nov. 2012
This review is from: Right Place Right Time [Deluxe] (Audio CD)
If in pop music you've managed to make it to your third album, particularly in an industry where new acts and styles of music are coming in and out of fashion all the time, and more importantly, that the music is still as good if not better than it was when you launched, you know you're on your way into the hall of pop fame. So too, as with Girls Aloud and Will Young before him, then, is Olly Murs. If last year's triple platinum chart topper 'In Case You Didn't Know' was his 'What Will the Neighbours Say?' or 'Friday's Child', then his third album in as many years, 'Right Place Right Time', is his 'Chemistry' or 'Keep On'.

His first album to be recorded on both sides of the Atlantic, Olly's not only had his biggest tour to date here in the UK this year with 19 sell out arena dates, but he's had his first taste of international success this year in Europe (where 'Heart Skips a Beat' and 'Oh My Goodness' stormed the charts in Germany, Switzerland and Sweden) and a very small knock on the door of America. So it's no surprise that the sound of this album is very much world beating and anthemic, with the kind of tracks that are just made for his live arena shows, whilst keeping his sensibilities of who he is an artist and that unique, very British charm that has made his material thus far an absolute joy to listen to.

The opening track 'Army of Two' is a perfect example of this. Clocking in at nearly five minutes, it's the sonic lovechild of 'The Circus' era Take That and George Michael - think his own 'Change is Gonna Come' from the first album with added ballsiness - but is lyrically contrasting, as he wrote it as a tribute song for his fans (who he affectionately calls 'the Murs Army'), and is not only sincere and sweet but sums up that feeling we all feel about what it means to be a fan of an artist you really love and are dedicated to (as I am with Olly) and supporting them through the good and bad: 'Soldiers, follow my lead, repeat after me/If faith is the bullet, hope is the gun and love is all we need'.

The music is now also starting to reflect Olly's maturity and growth as an artist, writer and performer, in more ways than one - it's a real coming of age record. On the one hand this is shown by adding a depth to that conversational relatibility he's known for, such as on 'Dear Darlin' and 'Hand on Heart', two gorgeous, chilled out mid-tempo numbers, evocative of Emeli Sande and Daniel Merriweather that read like open letters to loved ones, whilst maintaining his love of a resounding hookline. On the other hand, his knowing sense of wit and cheek of the chappy variety is given an extremely tongue-in-cheek dashing of sauciness, with disco-tastic 'Hey You Beautiful' (written with his long time collaborators Claude Kelly and Steve Robson as the 'After party' follow up to 'Dance with Me Tonight') and the smooth, soulful 'Head to Toe' both likely to send the female contingency of his fanbase into swooning fits when performed on next year's tour with lyrics like: 'I know there's something dirty on your mind/You don't have to lie is in your eyes'.

But for me the two biggest highlights of this album are the current number 1 single 'Troublemaker', a funky, born-for-radio play and ridiculously catchy Jamiroquai-esque 'shouldn't-work-on-paper-but-does-in-practice' collaboration with Flo Rida, and his collaboration with The Wanted's hitmaker Ed Drewett on the delightfully funny and Madness-esque 'What a Buzz'. Overall, Olly's third album is without doubt the most aptly titled of its kind and he's really come into his own here, and there's no doubt at all that you can expect it to be packing out arenas and shooting to the top of the charts all over again in the next year.
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Initial post: 28 Nov 2012 12:12:03 GMT
Oyster says:
He is not MY favourite Essex boy - that would be my gorgeous son. Actually cannot stand the "cheeky Essex boy" persona. There is more to Essex than the TOWIE lot!

Not keen on his singing voice either!
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