Olly Murs

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
With his shirt-ripping performances, funky dance moves, and cheeky chappy stage presence, 2009 X-Factor finalist Olly Murs seemed destined to become the talent contest's answer to Robbie Williams. Indeed, the Essex-born singer even performed a duet with the Take That star on a rendition of "Angels" in last year's final, where he eventually finished runner-up to the clean-cut Joe McElderry. But, judging by its first two singles, Murs' eponymous debut album seems to have taken the lead from Scottish troubadour Paolo Nutini's unexpected reggae-influenced career reinvention, rather than the adult-oriented pop
ock of his self-confessed idol. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
With his shirt-ripping performances, funky dance moves, and cheeky chappy stage presence, 2009 X-Factor finalist Olly Murs seemed destined to become the talent contest's answer to Robbie Williams. Indeed, the Essex-born singer even performed a duet with the Take That star on a rendition of "Angels" in last year's final, where he eventually finished runner-up to the clean-cut Joe McElderry. But, judging by its first two singles, Murs' eponymous debut album seems to have taken the lead from Scottish troubadour Paolo Nutini's unexpected reggae-influenced career reinvention, rather than the adult-oriented pop
ock of his self-confessed idol. It's a move that pays dividends on the chart-topper "Please Don't Let Me Go," whose scratched vinyl intro, retro-style piano, and laid-back beats provide one of the most charming and effortlessly catchy pop singles of the year. But less so on follow-up "Thinking of Me," whose childlike lyrics "Remember when that crab came up and pinched your feet?" and rather cynical name-checking of Bob Marley recall Pato Banton and UB40's cod-reggae '90s number one, "Baby Come Back." However, apart from the jaunty "Accidental," the majority of the album falls into the same kind of acoustic pop category reminiscent of the first two albums from former Pop Idol Will Young, who Murs sounds uncannily like on the epic closing track, "A Million More Years." Produced by Steve Robson Take That and Future Cut Lily Allen, it's a surprisingly mature affair that showcases both Murs' impressively soulful vocals and songwriting abilities, having co-penned all but two of the 12 tracks with the likes of Squeeze's Chris Difford the Craig David-esque "Ask Me to Stay", Ordinary Boys frontman Sam Preston the '80s-inspired "Don't Say Goodbye", and Orson's Jason Pebworth the ska-fused "Love Shine Down". Elsewhere, "Change Is Gonna Come" is a rousing gospel-led opener with shades of Primal Scream's classic "Movin' on Up" and "I Blame Hollywood" is the kind of uplifting MOR that wouldn't sound out of place on the current Michael Bublé album, while "Heart on My Sleeve" is a faithful rendition of American Idol finalist Michael Johns' heartfelt soft rock ballad. Like JLS, G4, and Rhydian before him, Olly Murs proves that finishing second can sometimes be a blessing in disguise, and while McElderry has struggled to make the crossover to chart success, this accomplished and self-assured effort should ensure that Murs will have no such problem.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/7/2010
  • Label: Sony Uk
  • UPC: 886977650222
  • Catalog Number: 7765022
  • Sales rank: 38,569

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Change Is Gonna Come (3:46)
  2. 2 Please Don't Let Me Go (3:24)
  3. 3 Thinking Of Me (3:26)
  4. 4 Busy (3:00)
  5. 5 I Blame Hollywood (3:09)
  6. 6 Ask Me To Stay (3:35)
  7. 7 Heart On My Sleeve (3:28)
  8. 8 Hold On (3:05)
  9. 9 Accidental (3:22)
  10. 10 Love Shine Down (4:06)
  11. 11 Don't Say Goodbye (3:36)
  12. 12 A Million More Years (3:35)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Olly Murs Primary Artist, Background Vocals
Anne Dudley Conductor
Jerry Abbott Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Lol Creme Guitar
Sam Dixon Bass Guitar
Trevor Horn Background Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac Keyboards
Phil Palmer Guitar
Steve Robson Bass, Piano, Background Vocals
Andrew Ross Saxophone
John Shanks Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Blair Mackichan Background Vocals
London Studio Orchestra Performing Ensemble
Wayne Hector Background Vocals
Jeff Rothschild Drums
Julian Velard Keyboards, Background Vocals
Simon Finch Trumpet
Jon Shave Drums, Keyboards
Jason Pebworth Keyboards
George Astasio Bass, Guitar, Drums
Iyiola Babalola Synthesizer
Luke Potashnick Guitar
Ash Soan Percussion, Drums
Matt Prime Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Background Vocals
ACM Gospel Choir Choir, Chorus
Darren Heelis Synthesizer, Bass
Grant Black Percussion
Darren Lewis Guitar, Keyboards
Dan Smith Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Ali Tennant Background Vocals
Charlie Judge Keyboards
Tracy Ackerman Background Vocals
Nichol Thomson Trombone
Mark De Lisser Leader, Choir, Chorus
John Blease Drums
Robbie Lamond Brass
Ria Ritchie Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Anne Dudley Orchestration
Jerry Abbott Composer, Producer, Engineer, drum programming
Chris Braide Composer
Martin Brammer Composer, Producer, Engineer
Lol Creme Composer
Pete Davis Programming
Chris Difford Composer
Steve Fitzmaurice Programming, Additional Production
Trevor Horn Producer
Steve Robson Composer, Producer
Paul Williams Composer
Austin Ince Engineer
Will Malone String Arrangements
Lars Fox Pro-Tools
John Shanks Composer, Producer
Bunt Stafford-Clark Mastering
Blair Mackichan Composer
Future Cut Producer
Andy Green Programming, Producer
Wayne Hector Composer
The Invisible Men Composer, Producer
Jeff Rothschild Programming, Engineer
Julian Velard Composer
Jon Shave Programming
Claude Kelly Composer
James Morrison Composer
George Astasio Programming
Iyiola Babalola Programming
Adam Argyle Composer, Producer, Engineer, Instrumentation
Graham Archer Engineer
Sam Preston Composer, Instrumentation
Sam Millar Vocal Engineer
Josh Wilkinson Programming
Matt Prime Composer, Programming, Producer
Darren Heelis Programming, Engineer
Dan Chase Programming
Grant Black Composer, Producer
Darren Lewis Programming
Dan Smith Composer
Mark Taylor Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Paddy Byrne Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Olly Murs Composer
Ed Sheeran Composer
Max Stanley Engineer
Matty Schwartz Composer
Tim Weidener Engineer
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