When the Morning Comes

When the Morning Comes

by A Great Big World



Following a monster hit and avoiding the dreaded one-hit wonder bin is a daunting task. After 2014's "Say Something," their unexpected smash with Christina Aguilera, A Great Big World had to do something to avoid a sophomore slump. Instead of recording a collection of treacly "Say Something" retreads, they set out to just make music that they wanted to make. The result is When the Morning Comes (Epic), an album littered with more hip-hop beats and handclaps, more rousing choruses and uplifting melodies. It's a bigger sound than their debut, jam-packed with positivity. Many of the songs sound fit for arenas, OneRepublic style; all of them are ready-made for massive singalongs. The breezy radio-friendly hits are plenty ("Kaleidoscope" and "Come On"); they'd sit nicely alongside the poppiest of Coldplay and Imagine Dragons (especially on "Won't Stop Running"). A few piano tinklers ("All I Want Is Love" and "Hold Each Other") sound a little too familiar, but the overall sunny vibe carries the album forth. Much of the songs here sound like they could be grand Disney animation themes, fit for wannabe heroes and kids with big dreams. Album highlights swerve a little down a less bombastic path. "Oasis" is a boom-clap mega-ballad that sounds plucked from the best of Backstreet Boys' latter-career adult material. Standout track "Where Does the Time Go" similarly shows off their maturity, depth, and vocal abilities with aching prettiness and poignancy. It's an overall earnest and heartfelt affair, which should help them find a life beyond their heretofore biggest hit. ~ Neil Z. Yeung

Product Details

Release Date: 11/13/2015
Label: Epic
UPC: 0888751387829
catalogNumber: 513878

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Great Big World   Primary Artist
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Kevin Weaver   Drums
Gregg Wattenberg   Background Vocals
Chala Yancy   Violin,Viola
Jonathan Dinklage   Violin,Viola
Kevin Kadish   Piano,Background Vocals
Todd Low   Viola
Peter Sachon   Cello
Josh Kear   Acoustic Guitar
Derek Fuhrmann   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals,Background Vocals
Ian Axel   Piano,Ukulele,Vocals,Background Vocals
Katie Kresek   Violin
Adam Christgau   Percussion,Drums
Greg Holden   Background Vocals
Dan Romer   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Dave Eggar   Cello
Saul Simon MacWilliams   Synthesizer,Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Piano
Gunnar Olsen   Drums
Tony Maceli   Double Bass
Jordan Miller   Background Vocals
Chad Vaccarino   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mike Tuccillo   Synthesizer,Bass,Piano,Electric Guitar,Keyboards
Oscar Albis Rodriguez   Bass,Guitar
Chuck Palmer   Conductor,Leader
Meredith Strang   Background Vocals
Dana Wise   Background Vocals
Carrie Brown Albanese   Background Vocals
Beth Eldridge   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Maureen McDonald   Composer
Antonina Armato   Composer
Mike Smith   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Gregg Wattenberg   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Tim James   Composer
David Baron   Arranger,Orchestration
Kevin Kadish   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer,Orchestration,drum programming
Honey Larochelle   Vocal Producer
Josh Kear   Composer
Derek Fuhrmann   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Vocal Producer
Ian Axel   Composer,Liner Notes
Greg Holden   Composer
Dan Romer   Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer,String Arrangements,drum programming,Instrumentation
Meghan Foley   Art Direction
Dave Eggar   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Saul Simon MacWilliams   Producer,Orchestration,String Arrangements,drum programming
Jon Samson   Engineer
Chad Vaccarino   Liner Notes
Mike Tuccillo   Programming,Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Instrumentation
Simon Bloor   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Chuck Palmer   Orchestration,String Arrangements
Jordan Stillwell   Engineer
Milan Sarkadi   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Chad Vaccarino   Composer
Mike Adubato   Engineer
Steve Wilson   Illustrations
Zachary Beck   Composer
Marcus Gutierrez   Engineer

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