Olly Murs

Olly Murs

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With his shirt-ripping performances, funky dance moves, and cheeky chappy stage presence, 2009 X-Factor finalist Olly Murs seemed destined to become the talent contest's answer to Robbie Williams. Indeed, the Essex-born singer even performed a duet with the Take That star on a rendition of "Angels" in last year's final, where he eventually finished runner-up to the clean-cut Joe McElderry. But, judging by its first two singles, Murs' eponymous debut album seems to have taken the lead from Scottish troubadour Paolo Nutini's unexpected reggae-influenced career reinvention, rather than the adult-oriented pop
ock of his self-confessed idol. It's a move that pays dividends on the chart-topper "Please Don't Let Me Go," whose scratched vinyl intro, retro-style piano, and laid-back beats provide one of the most charming and effortlessly catchy pop singles of the year. But less so on follow-up "Thinking of Me," whose childlike lyrics ("Remember when that crab came up and pinched your feet?") and rather cynical name-checking of Bob Marley recall Pato Banton and UB40's cod-reggae '90s number one, "Baby Come Back." However, apart from the jaunty "Accidental," the majority of the album falls into the same kind of acoustic pop category reminiscent of the first two albums from former Pop Idol Will Young, who Murs sounds uncannily like on the epic closing track, "A Million More Years." Produced by Steve Robson (Take That) and Future Cut (Lily Allen), it's a surprisingly mature affair that showcases both Murs' impressively soulful vocals and songwriting abilities, having co-penned all but two of the 12 tracks with the likes of Squeeze's Chris Difford (the Craig David-esque "Ask Me to Stay"), Ordinary Boys frontman Sam Preston (the '80s-inspired "Don't Say Goodbye"), and Orson's Jason Pebworth (the ska-fused "Love Shine Down"). Elsewhere, "Change Is Gonna Come" is a rousing gospel-led opener with shades of Primal Scream's classic "Movin' on Up" and "I Blame Hollywood" is the kind of uplifting MOR that wouldn't sound out of place on the current Michael Bublé album, while "Heart on My Sleeve" is a faithful rendition of American Idol finalist Michael Johns' heartfelt soft rock ballad. Like JLS, G4, and Rhydian before him, Olly Murs proves that finishing second can sometimes be a blessing in disguise, and while McElderry has struggled to make the crossover to chart success, this accomplished and self-assured effort should ensure that Murs will have no such problem.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2010
Label: Sony Uk
UPC: 0886977650222
catalogNumber: 7765022
Rank: 98060

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Olly Murs   Primary Artist,Background Vocals
Anne Dudley   Conductor
Jerry Abbott   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Lol Creme   Guitar
Sam Dixon   Bass Guitar
Trevor Horn   Background Vocals
Jamie Muhoberac   Keyboards
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Steve Robson   Bass,Piano,Background Vocals
Andrew Ross   Saxophone
John Shanks   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Blair Mackichan   Background Vocals
London Studio Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Wayne Hector   Background Vocals
Jeff Rothschild   Drums
Julian Velard   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Simon Finch   Trumpet
Jon Shave   Drums,Keyboards
Jason Pebworth   Keyboards
George Astasio   Bass,Guitar,Drums
Iyiola Babalola   Synthesizer
Luke Potashnick   Guitar
Ash Soan   Percussion,Drums
Matt Prime   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
ACM Gospel Choir   Choir, Chorus
Darren Heelis   Synthesizer,Bass
Grant Black   Percussion
Darren Lewis   Guitar,Keyboards
Dan Smith   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Ali Tennant   Background Vocals
Charlie Judge   Keyboards
Tracy Ackerman   Background Vocals
Nichol Thomson   Trombone
Mark De Lisser   Leader,Choir, Chorus
John Blease   Drums
Robbie Lamond   Brass
Ria Ritchie   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Anne Dudley   Orchestration
Jerry Abbott   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Chris Braide   Composer
Martin Brammer   Composer,Producer,Engineer
Lol Creme   Composer
Pete Davis   Programming
Chris Difford   Composer
Steve Fitzmaurice   Programming,Additional Production
Trevor Horn   Producer
Steve Robson   Composer,Producer
Paul Williams   Composer
Austin Ince   Engineer
Lars Fox   Pro-Tools
John Shanks   Composer,Producer
Blair Mackichan   Composer
Future Cut   Producer
Andy Green   Programming,Producer
Wayne Hector   Composer
Invisible Men   Composer,Producer
Jeff Rothschild   Programming,Engineer
Julian Velard   Composer
Jon Shave   Programming
Claude Kelly   Composer
James Morrison   Composer
George Astasio   Programming
Iyiola Babalola   Programming
Adam Argyle   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Graham Archer   Engineer
Sam Preston   Composer,Instrumentation
Sam Millar   Vocal Engineer
Josh Wilkinson   Programming
Matt Prime   Composer,Programming,Producer
Darren Heelis   Programming,Engineer
Dan Chase   Programming
Grant Black   Composer,Producer
Darren Lewis   Programming
Dan Smith   Composer
Mark Taylor   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Paddy Byrne   Composer,Producer,Instrumentation
Wil Malone   String Arrangements
Olly Murs   Composer
Ed Sheeran   Composer
Max Stanley   Engineer
Matty Schwartz   Composer
Tim Weidener   Engineer

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