Higher Than Here

Higher Than Here

by James Morrison


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It seemed almost unfair that James Morrison returned from a four-year hiatus to a scene dominated by soulful singer/songwriter guitarists (Ed Sheeran, James Bay, Hozier) and blue-eyed soul crooners (Sam Smith, John Newman). His sound was perfect for the moment, but he had to contend with younger upstarts who have amply filled the niche he left after 2011's The Awakening. Morrison's fourth album, Higher Than Here, is a comforting collection of soul-folk tunes that is pleasing and enjoyable. Much like Morrison himself, the songs are likable. His voice still carries that gorgeous, husky grit, so full of smoky soul and yearning, most expertly executed on "Stay Like This" and "Just Like a Child." Elsewhere, he ventures into some OneRepublic/Script territory with the catchy hip-pop lead single "Demons." However, it's a pair of surprising album highlights that lift Higher Than Here to another plane. The rousingly defiant "Right Here" is reminiscent of the best uptempo tracks on Adele's 21 and Sam Smith's debut, while the glimmering disco of "I Need You Tonight" (co-written with Mark Taylor and Paul Barry, the duo responsible for Enrique Iglesias' "Bailamos" and "Hero," as well as Cher's Auto-Tune smash "Believe") has all the trappings of a sure-fire hit. With these uptempo jams, Morrison forges a new musical pathway for himself, which his voice can surely carry. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2015
Label: Imports
UPC: 0602547569332
catalogNumber: 3017632
Rank: 27551

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Morrison   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Phil Thornalley   Background Vocals
Winston Blissett   Bass,Guitar
Tim Bran   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards
Sally Herbert   Conductor
Juliet Roberts   Background Vocals
Bruce White   Viola
Julia Singleton   Violin
Everton Nelson   Violin
Adam Phillips   Guitar
Glen Scott   Background Vocals
Ian Burdge   Cello
Martin Terefe   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano (Upright)
Eg White   Synthesizer,Piano,Drums,Background Vocals
Leo Abrahams   Guitar
Chris Worsey   Cello
Richard George   Violin
Frances Dewar   Violin
Richard Pryce   Double Bass
Matt Round   Bass Guitar
Fyfe Dangerfield   Keyboards
Rachel Robson   Viola
Jon Green   Organ,Bass,Piano,Background Vocals
Simon Aldred   Piano,Keyboards
Malay   Electric Bass,Wurlitzer
Ash Soan   Drums
Mads Hauge   Percussion
Tia Terefe   Background Vocals
Max Baillie   Viola
Mark Taylor   Keyboards
Oliver Langford   Violin
Jonny Lattimer   Piano
Tom Piggott-Smith   Violin
Mima Stilwell   Hand Clapping
Tom Meadows   Percussion,Drums
Daniel Houghton   Trumpet
Sebastian Rochford   Drums
Shaneeka Simon   Background Vocals
Israel Tomlinson   Background Vocals
Cherelle Braithwaite   Background Vocals
Lorna Vassell   Background Vocals
Tahirah Andrews   Background Vocals
Fred Cox   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Strings,Drums,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,fender rhodes
Nico Bentley   Trombone,Trumpet
Lucille Finaly   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Martin Brammer   Composer
Tim Bran   Programming,Producer
Sally Herbert   String Arrangements
Steve Robson   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Ren Swan   Engineer
Martin Terefe   Composer,Engineer
Eg White   Producer
Paul Barry   Composer
Reuben Morgan   Composer
Alex Cowper   Art Direction
James Morrison   Composer
Kristian Larsen   Engineer
Jon Green   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements
Simon Aldred   Composer
Malay   Engineer,drum programming
Jim Eliot   Composer,Producer
Mads Hauge   Engineer
Francis White   Composer
Roy Kerr   Programming,Producer
Mark Taylor   Composer,Producer
Jonny Lattimer   Composer
Mima Stilwell   Composer
Sam Keyte   Engineer
Jarrad Rogers   Composer
James Ryan Ho   Composer
Jack Ruston   Engineer
Fred Cox   Composer,Programming,Producer

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