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Album Review

What separates James Morrison from fellow Brit singer/songwriters like James Blunt and Daniel Powter is his taste for soul. Sure, this may have been fostered in part by his fondness for Elton John — whose presence is as inescapable in Morrison's music as it is in Blunt, Powter, or any number of modern-day pop troubadours — but Morrison picks up on the splashy soul of John's middle-period, weaving in elements of Stevie Wonder and Van Morrison to create a retro-soul vibe that's more about the song than the groove. This is more true on Songs for You, Truths for Me than it was on his 2007 debut Undiscovered, as he piles on horn sections, sings with a gruff studied soulfulness, and even cribs from Van's "Crazy Love" on his own "Precious Love." All this soulman posturing can come across as a bit too earnest, but it does give Morrison a heft and measure of grit missing in the simpering Blunt, which lends Songs for You some pleasing sonic textures not all that dissimilar to John Mayer's Continuum, but Morrison isn't just about sound, he can construct good pop songs, especially when he goes for big, bright hooks, as he does on the '70s soul pastiche "Save Yourself" and "The Only Night," which recalls Elvis Costello in his Get Happy! phase. These talents kind of contradict the soul-baring promise of the album's title, but Morrison kind of drags when he gets into ballad territory, like the Nelly Furtado duet "Broken Strings." He's better on easy rolling numbers like "Please Don't Stop the Rain" or when he puts a bit of a kick in the tempo, as the energy accentuates his popcraft, which is more energetic, forceful — and, yes, soulful — than his peers, something that comes into sharp relief on this solid sophomore affair.

Customer Reviews

I LOVE THIS ALMBUM!!

When I frist listened to the album i wasn't so sure about it. I was completely addicted to the last album from the get go, but after listening to this one a couple of times every single song grew on me and i think it is better than the last one. I can't stop listening to it. The duet with Nelly Furtado "Broken Strings" is gorgeous. My personal favourite would be Dream On Hayley. The lyrics are very true and beautifully touching. Definately give this album a few listens before you pass it off, it truely is worth it!

The Song For You

The only thig i can say about this is perfect. James Morrison has taken his music to the next level with this album, especially his duet song with Nelly Furtado, Broken Strings. The soul and heart behind each word will keep you listening to this album for years to come and never get tired of it.

Awesome must buy!

I can't get enough of this album, just amazing! Especially broken strings and Precious love and if you dont wanna love me! Will be looking forward to James playing in Australia! It's a must have!

Biography

Born: 13 August 1984 in Rugby, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '00s, '10s

At the ripe old age of 21, James Morrison became an overnight sensation in the U.K. with the release of his debut album, 2006's Undiscovered, which wasted little time going platinum in the British Isles. Blessed with a fresh, soulful voice that alternated between smooth and rough tones (and suggested a British Stevie Wonder), Morrison recalled both the passion of classic soul music and the confessional lyrical stance of the singer/songwriters of the 1970s. Morrison was born in the West Midlands town...
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