In Case You Didn't Know

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All Music Guide
In Case You Didn't Know is the second album from 2009 X-Factor runner-up Olly Murs. The Essex born crooner preceded the record with single "Heart Skips a Beat" which went straight to number one in the U.K. charts, giving Murs his second chart-topping single. Featuring Brighton rap duo Rizzle Kicks and upbeat numbers "Dance with Me Tonight" and "Just Smile," Murs' second offering sees a diverse range of music that engages influences of '50s rock & roll alongside emotive ballads that twist into singalong pop gems.
All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
In 2010, Olly Murs did the unthinkable, and went from being runner-up on the sixth series of the U.K....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
In Case You Didn't Know is the second album from 2009 X-Factor runner-up Olly Murs. The Essex born crooner preceded the record with single "Heart Skips a Beat" which went straight to number one in the U.K. charts, giving Murs his second chart-topping single. Featuring Brighton rap duo Rizzle Kicks and upbeat numbers "Dance with Me Tonight" and "Just Smile," Murs' second offering sees a diverse range of music that engages influences of '50s rock & roll alongside emotive ballads that twist into singalong pop gems.
All Music Guide - Matthew Chisling
In 2010, Olly Murs did the unthinkable, and went from being runner-up on the sixth series of the U.K. X-Factor to legitimate recording artist and entertainment personality. The cheeky Essex lad found massive chart success with his eponymous debut album, breaking away from the show that first sparked his popularity. Murs' Everyman charm -- complete with boyish tunes and TopShop threads -- paved the way for other entertainment opportunities, including his stint as co-host on the popular Xtra Factor program. Still, Murs wasted no time trying to solidify himself as Britain's next male pop star, and the result is a follow-up album released exactly a year after its predecessor and which, amazingly, feels neither rushed nor fabricated. Quite the opposite. In Case You Didn't Know is a sunnier, smoother album than Murs' debut, mostly because it shifts the singer even farther away from the karaoke tunes that got him so far on the X-Factor back in 2009. Thanks to much more prevalent production and writing by Brit-pop mastermind Steve Robson Take That, One Direction and Claude Kelly Kelly Clarkson, Jessie J, Murs' album is a bit more enticing and jovial: a British answer to Bruno Mars' "Doo-Wops and Hooligans" rather than a Will Young-style record. By the album's release, it had already had two massive singles -- the doo wop swooping "Dance with Me Tonight" and the bluesy synth track "Heart Skips a Beat," with Rizzle Kicks. Beyond those smashes, highlights of Murs' sophomore effort include "Oh My Goodness" and the breezy title track, both easily potential number ones. Tracks like "Tell the World" and "Just Smile" are tunes that basically beg for collaborations by a female counterpart to Murs -- Eliza Doolittle -- both artists shimmer in that quasi-ska-blues vibe. As for a flaw on this album, one might criticize the fact that nearly every track is just so bright, even when the lyrical content is not. In his defense, however, the one time he does attempt to turn on the proper waterworks with a ballad, "This Song Is About You," the results are so syrupy that he comes off as a second-rate Will Young, when in reality he has already almost bested Britain's original talent show winner. And, while a complete listen to this album in one shot sort of feels almost sickly sweet -- very few listeners from the digital generation will actually do so. Suffice to say, Murs is 2011's answer to Robbie Williams, and just like Williams' sophomore album I've Been Expecting You, In Case You Didn't Know is assuredly going to help Murs become one of Britain's finest national male pop stars for the next little while. Everything about this album has star written all over it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/6/2011
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • UPC: 886979409422
  • Catalog Number: 7940942
  • Sales rank: 56,987

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Heart Skips a Beat - Rizzle Kicks (3:23)
  2. 2 Oh My Goodness (3:04)
  3. 3 Dance with Me Tonight (3:23)
  4. 4 I've Tried Everything (3:23)
  5. 5 This Song Is About You (3:46)
  6. 6 In Case You Didn't Know (3:25)
  7. 7 Tell the World (3:47)
  8. 8 I'm OK (3:45)
  9. 9 Just Smile (3:45)
  10. 10 On My Cloud (2:23)
  11. 11 I Don't Love You Too (4:06)
  12. 12 Anywhere Else (3:26)
  13. 13 I Need You Now (3:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Olly Murs Primary Artist
Kate Taylor Background Vocals
Steve Fitzmaurice Percussion
Steve Robson Musician
Tommy Blaize Background Vocals
Darren Lewis Guitar, Keyboards
Wayne Hector Background Vocals
Dominic Glover Trumpet
Andrew Frampton Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
James Knight Baritone Saxophone
Karl Brazil Drums
Claude Kelly Background Vocals
Iyiola Babalola Synthesizer, Percussion
Adam Argyle Bass, Guitar
Jon Green Piano
Luke Potashnick Guitar
Matt Prime Musician
Amy May Viola
Rhian Porter Cello
Darren Heelis Bass, Percussion
Nichol Thomson Trombone
Penny Ainscow Violin
Paloma Deike Violin
Patrick Jordan-Patrikios Keyboards
Abeeku "Bayku" Ribeiro Background Vocals, Rap
Andrew Michael Ross Saxophone
Kingsley Brown Background Vocals
Tommy Baxter Bass, Guitar
Technical Credits
Martin Brammer Composer, Producer, Engineer
Pete Davis Programming
Steve Fitzmaurice Programming, Additional Production
Richard Griffiths Representation
Steve Robson Composer, Producer
Simon Darlow String Arrangements
Will Malone String Arrangements
Bunt Stafford-Clark Mastering
Darren Lewis Programming, Producer
Future Cut Producer
Wayne Hector Composer
Andrew Frampton Composer, Programming, Producer
Sarah Thomas Representation
Claude Kelly Composer
Iyiola Babalola Programming, Producer
Adam Argyle Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Harry Magee Representation
Sam Miller Engineer
Sam Preston Composer
The Fearless Producer, Engineer
Josh Wilkinson Programming
Matt Prime Composer, Producer
Jim Eliot Composer
Darren Heelis Programming, Vocal Engineer, Additional Production
Mark Taylor Composer
Adam Midgley Additional Production
Karen Poole Composer
Metrophonic Producer
Olly Murs Composer
Alex Smith Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer
Harley Alexander-Sule Composer
Patrick Jordan-Patrikios Composer, Programming, Producer
Abeeku "Bayku" Ribeiro Composer
Jordan Stephens Composer
Tommy Baxter Additional Production
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