13 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

James Morrison is unmistakenly a dedicated student of old-school soul. As a singer, his phrasing and dynamics bear a striking resemblance to the work of Stevie Wonder during his late ‘60s/early ‘70s heyday. On his sophomore album Songs for You, Truths for Me, Morrison applies his vocal skills to self-penned material that draws heavily upon Motown influences. The tunes here pretty much adhere to R&B conventions, albeit with enough confessions of personal angst to give things some personality. “The Only Night,” “Save Yourself,” and “Broken Strings” (the latter a duet with Nelly Furtado) accompany James’ tempered vocal anguish with vintage string and horn arrangements. Morrison radiates a positive vibe in “You Make It Real” and “Precious Love,” then recalls childhood disillusionment in “Once When I Was Little.” As U.K.-style soul revivalism, these tracks are hard to fault — though you wish Morrison would break out of character a little more often, as he does on “Love Is Hard,” a sparse acoustic tune boasting visceral lyrics sung with a minimum of affectation. Songs for You, Truths for Me is as classy as it is careful, showcasing a genuinely talented artist.

EDITORS’ NOTES

James Morrison is unmistakenly a dedicated student of old-school soul. As a singer, his phrasing and dynamics bear a striking resemblance to the work of Stevie Wonder during his late ‘60s/early ‘70s heyday. On his sophomore album Songs for You, Truths for Me, Morrison applies his vocal skills to self-penned material that draws heavily upon Motown influences. The tunes here pretty much adhere to R&B conventions, albeit with enough confessions of personal angst to give things some personality. “The Only Night,” “Save Yourself,” and “Broken Strings” (the latter a duet with Nelly Furtado) accompany James’ tempered vocal anguish with vintage string and horn arrangements. Morrison radiates a positive vibe in “You Make It Real” and “Precious Love,” then recalls childhood disillusionment in “Once When I Was Little.” As U.K.-style soul revivalism, these tracks are hard to fault — though you wish Morrison would break out of character a little more often, as he does on “Love Is Hard,” a sparse acoustic tune boasting visceral lyrics sung with a minimum of affectation. Songs for You, Truths for Me is as classy as it is careful, showcasing a genuinely talented artist.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
713 Ratings
713 Ratings
danni21 ,

finally!! after 2 years... still amazing.

James Morrison is one of the best artists I have ever encountered. His soulful and raspy voice is amazing and he always has catchy songs that stay true to his unique style. I discovered him about 2 years ago when his first album came out and then saw him live at a John Mayer concert. If you can believe it, he is even better live so I hope America will finally discover James Morrison on a larger scale so that he will tour here. This newest CD is even better than the first, which I considered the best thing ever. Buy this album, you will not regret it!!

SimoneLeigh92 ,

Music to my ears.

After the two year wait, this is well worth it. James came back strong. There's not a song that I don't like.

Carpenter ,

Heaven in Music Form

James came back strong with an album as good, if not better, than Undiscovered. His raspy voice is hair-raisingly pleasant to listen to. I can't wait for him to tour the U.S. Well worth the buy!!

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