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James Morrison
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Reviewed: 1/12/2008 by Ryan

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Otis Redding had a big influence on music. He’s more than the guy that sang “Sittin’ On the Dock of the Bay”, he also wrote a ton of great songs- including Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”. More relevant to this review, he’s influenced a lot of great artists, one of them being Will Hoge, another being James Morrison. My personal take on Morrison is that he’s the UK version of Gavin Degraw, but he has that Redding type delivery that Will Hoge does, so in a way he’s a mixture of those three artists. Morrison’s melodies almost seem like Otis Redding’s though… it’s a little effortless but it’s also got a lot of raw, powerful strength to it that can chill you to the bone. The best part of James Morrison’s debut album “Undiscovered” is his voice, but the songs on this record allow Morrison’s voice to be showcased. The best songs are at the front- as per your usual modern-day release, but surprisingly there is also a lot of good content in the middle especially “Call the Police.” “Undiscovered” passes the two main tests of an album with flying colors- talent and songwriting. Morrison is already big in the UK, his opening year in the U.S. gained him some fans too, but I’d look for Morrison to gain a lot of popularity this year- he’s got the FX promo working for him right now, and all of his songs are radio friendly. “Undiscovered” is the best title for this album right now because this is pure talent that is set to take off.

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