Fresh Music Fridays: James Morrison

There are just a handful of artists I can think of that are not afraid to bring in old school inspiration to their new age music. James Morrison is one of those artists that has truly found the secret to making great music; drop the fluff, actually sing, use real instruments, and have thought provoking lyrics. Morrison released his third studio album, The Awakening, in October 2011 and is currently making rounds on his American Tour. This album is a true outlier compared to other current pop artists’ work and I’m glad he did not choose a commercial route.

The album is perfectly titled, as Morrison said in an interview, “the first
albums felt like practice.” He hits this one right on the head and every track blends together wonderfully. The track “Slave to the Music” is how I feel about the album and man. His music is hypnotic and I am bound from the first note to the last track. Morrison shows his eclectic flavor on Caribbean inspired tracks “All Around the World’ and shows his mellow romantic side on “Right By Your Side.”

I give The Awakening FOUR Stars! Personality, intriguing lyrics, and great
arrangements are why James Morrison is this week’s Fresh Music Artist. I encourage you to check out his new album as well as the old ones. If you’re in Nashville on Saturday, May 12, catch him live in all his wonder at Cannery Ballroom. He will be playing fan favorites from Songs for You. Truths for Me. and my favorite album, Undiscovered. Tickets are $22 in and $25 DOS. Morrison is so, I don’t see why tickets would be available the day of the show. There is no age limit, so bring the family!

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