In Case You Didn't Know

In Case You Didn't Know

by Olly Murs
     
 

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…  See more details below

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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:
12/06/2011
Label:
Epic Europe
UPC:
0886979409422
catalogNumber:
7940942
Rank:
27111

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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
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
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
Wil Malone   String Arrangements
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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