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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 602517837560
  • Catalog Number: 001207002
  • Sales rank: 58,737

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Morrison Primary Artist
James Morrison Vocals, Background Vocals
Alexander Abreu Trumpet
David Angell Strings, Violin
John Catchings Cello
David Davidson Violin
Charles Judge Keyboards
The London Session Orchestra Strings
Steve Robson Bass, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Melodica
Andy Ross Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
J. Neil Sidwell Trombone
Mark Taylor Percussion, Keyboards
John Thirkell Trumpet
Maxine Willard Waters Background Vocals
Kristin Wilkinson Viola
Dan Wilson Bass, Piano
Julia Waters Background Vocals
Bruce White Viola
Amaury Perez Trombone
John Shanks Bass, Guitar, Keyboards
Emma Kummrow Violin
Igor Szwec Violin
Gregory Teperman Violin
Monisa Angell Viola
Chris Elliott Strings
Adam Phillips Guitar
London Studio Orchestra Strings
Ruth Frazier Viola
Emlyn Singleton Violin
Martin Terefe Bass, Guitar, Wurlitzer
Nelly Furtado Vocals, Guest Appearance
Eg White Guitar, Drums, Keyboards, Background Vocals, Moog Synthesizer, Moog Bass
Dominic Glover Trumpet
Eddie Fisher Drums
Paul Barry Bass, Wurlitzer
Jeremy McCoy Bass
Jeff Rothschild Drums
Seton Daunt Guitar
Arnulf Lindner Bass, Cello
Jennie Lorenzo Cello
Paul "Beardy" Beard Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Ryan Tedder Piano, fender rhodes
David Jack Daniels Cello
Ghislaine Fleischmann Violin
Mat Colman Trombone
Mike A. Jarosz Trumpet
Karl Brazil Drums
Alex E. Smith Bass, Guitar, Percussion
José Luís "Chewy" Hernández Saxophone
Perry Montague-Mason Violin
Kristoffer Sonne Drums
Luigi Mazzocchi Violin
Ayak Thiik Background Vocals
Nikolaj Torp Piano, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Hammond B3
Ash Soan Drums
Rita Ora Background Vocals
The Love Sponge Strings Strings
Jose Luis 'Chewy' Hernandez Saxophone
Gregory Riley Tenor Saxophone
Donovan Blackwood Background Vocals
Neil Sidwell Trombone
H.S. Alexandra Leem Viola
Alex Smith Percussion
Chris Farr Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Matt Gallagher Trumpet
Charles Parker Violin
Technical Credits
Chris Braide Composer
Martin Brammer Composer
David Davidson Arranger, String Arrangements
Steve Robson Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Ren Swan Engineer
Mark Taylor Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer, Engineer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Dan Wilson Composer
Lars Fox Digital Editing
John Shanks Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Joaquin Betancourt Arranger, Horn Arrangements
Everton Nelson Orchestra Leader
Neil Tucker Engineer
Richard Flack Engineer
Martin Terefe Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Bobby Shin Engineer
Fraser T. Smith Composer
Wayne Hector Composer
Eg White Producer, Audio Production
Richard Woodcraft Engineer
Nina Woodford Composer
Paul Barry Composer
Jonathan Shakhovskoy Engineer
Jeff Rothschild Engineer
Cliff Masterson Arranger
Dyre Gormsen Engineer
Rob Haggett Engineer, Digital Editing
Ryan Tedder Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Alex E. Smith Engineer
James Morrison Composer
Colin Heldt Engineer
Iain Hill Engineer
Larry S. Gold Arranger
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this CD

    I saw James Morrison on Jay Leno a few months ago and started searching for his music...it has been in my CD player ever since I found it. He has an incredible, distinctive voice--musically and emotionally.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    I just had a gift of listening to his CD.  His music makes you m

    I just had a gift of listening to his CD.  His music makes you move and he brings you in with his lyrics and voice
    .He has a clarity and grit to his voice of a young Rod Stewart.  Loved It!

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  • Posted October 17, 2010

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    terrible album the worst album ever made in music history!!!!!!!!!!!!

    terrible from the very begining to the very end!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Amazing!

    James Morrison has an amazing voice! There is a great variety of songs, loved the collaboration with Nelly Furtado.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not as good as a previous cd.

    I love James Morrison's voice. That is what first attracted me to his music. It's got that great slightly gravely quality. I first became acquainted with him by checking a library cd-not having ever heard of him before. I absolutely loved it-so much that I downloaded it from Itunes. When a niece of mine's birthday came up I decided to give her a newer cd of his. I got a chance to listen to it and noticed right away that this cd doesn't have the variety of sounds that the other cd has. It kind of all sounds the same but I want to make it clear that I still like it. I just love the other one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    Don't listen to the other reviewer

    because James Morrison is absolutely amazing. He's got an amazing voice and a new mo-townish sound. A wonderful all around artist!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dreadful

    Could this album be MORE devoid of passion, creativity, relevance, or a point to its very existence? This is music for people who don't like music.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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