The Awakening

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
James Morrison may be considered as one of the U.K.'s premier soul talents, but the Warwickshire singer appears to have a bit of a downer on his career of late, having recently stated that he's "sung too many love ballads," and that he hated making his last album, Songs for You, Truths for Me, after being pressured by his former Polydor label to repeat the formula of his million-selling debut. With several songs relating to his alcoholic father's death on his third effort, The Awakening, the husky-voiced guitarist appears to have rectified one of his issues, but despite the presence of Suede's Bernard Butler as producer, it's difficult to hear how he's made any attempt to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
James Morrison may be considered as one of the U.K.'s premier soul talents, but the Warwickshire singer appears to have a bit of a downer on his career of late, having recently stated that he's "sung too many love ballads," and that he hated making his last album, Songs for You, Truths for Me, after being pressured by his former Polydor label to repeat the formula of his million-selling debut. With several songs relating to his alcoholic father's death on his third effort, The Awakening, the husky-voiced guitarist appears to have rectified one of his issues, but despite the presence of Suede's Bernard Butler as producer, it's difficult to hear how he's made any attempt to deal with the other. Seemingly designed to make Radio 2 listeners hearts flutter, "I Won't Let You Go" follows the same heartfelt, acoustic, tearjerker template as his previous two lead singles; the toe-tapping Motown pastiches "Beautiful Life" and "Forever" show that Morrison's retro leanings are still very much apparent; while there's even a "Broken Strings"-style duet with Jessie J on the orchestral, midtempo "Up." Pleasantly inoffensive and lushly produced as they are, they don't exactly live up to the radical reinvention that his rather dismissive comments indicated, and it's only on the funky R&B beats and Michael Jackson-esque chorus of "Slave to the Music," and the sparse, gospel-tinged blues of "Right by Your Side," where Morrison begins to show some of the invention that was allegedly so heavily restricted on his previous effort. However, lyrically, he's never been better, with the heartbreaking themes of loss on "In My Dreams," "6 Weeks," and "Person I Should Have Been," the latter based on a poem inspired by the last conversation he had with his late father, more than fulfilling his ambitions of "wanting to go a bit deeper and find more substance." But until Morrison manages to infuse some of this raw honesty and emotion into his sound, he's always going to struggle to create that one great record that his impassioned and soulful voice deserves. [Some editions included a bonus track.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/11/2011
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602527833781
  • Catalog Number: 001621102
  • Sales rank: 57,783

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In My Dreams (4:47)
  2. 2 6 Weeks (3:13)
  3. 3 I Won't Let You Go (3:50)
  4. 4 Up - Jessie J (3:40)
  5. 5 Slave to the Music (3:24)
  6. 6 Person I Should Have Been (3:48)
  7. 7 Say Something Now (4:02)
  8. 8 Beautiful Life (2:42)
  9. 9 Forever (3:42)
  10. 10 The Awakening (5:10)
  11. 11 Right By Your Side (4:56)
  12. 12 One Life (3:20)
  13. 13 All Around the World (3:19)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Morrison Primary Artist, Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Classical Guitar
Bernard Butler Organ, Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Background Vocals
Sally Herbert Violin
Andy Ross Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Mark Taylor Keyboards
Andy Wallace Piano, Hammond Organ
Bruce White Viola
Julia Singleton Violin
Claire Orsler Viola
Jim Hunt Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Everton Nelson Violin, Leader
Adam Phillips Bass, Guitar
Ian Burdge Cello
Dominic Glover Trumpet
Richard George Violin
Frances Dewar Violin
Richard Pryce Upright Bass
Andrea Grant Background Vocals
Ash Soan Drums
Alison Dods Violin
Beverley Brown Background Vocals
Mako Sakamoto Percussion, Drums
Nichol Thomson Trombone
Oliver Langford Violin
Patrick Mascall Guitar
Jessie J Vocals
Natalie Bonner Violin
Nathan Fisher Electric Bass
Technical Credits
Martin Brammer Composer
Bernard Butler Producer, Engineer
Sally Herbert String Arrangements
Greg Kurstin Composer
Steve Robson Composer
Robin Smith String Arrangements, String Conductor
Ren Swan Engineer
Mark Taylor Producer, Engineer
Dan Wilson Composer
Tom Elmhirst Programming
Fraser T. Smith Composer
Eg White Composer
Toby Gad Composer
Claude Kelly Composer
James Morrison Composer
Dougal Lott Engineer
Martin Tereffe Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    amazing 3rd album by the amazing James Morrison! great lyrics, g

    amazing 3rd album by the amazing James Morrison! great lyrics, great melodies, great music

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