James Arthur - James Arthur
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  • Summary: The debut studio release for the 2012 X Factor (UK) winner features guest appearances from Chasing Grace and Emeli Sandé.
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  1. The constant here is Arthur’s voice: genuinely soulful and able to switch from MC to Marvin at the flick of a falsetto.
  2. Nov 4, 2013
    60
    There is much potential here--Arthur clearly has far more to offer music than the Marcus Collins‘ of this world--yet it feels frustratingly undeveloped.
  3. 40
    Arthur grossly overdoes the emotional groaning that passes for vocal expression in the album's more overwrought corners.
  4. 40
    Only the closing and sole rap track, the brief but vehement Flyin', gives any indication of Arthur's personality.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 1 out of 4
  1. Nov 11, 2013
    10
    This album is pure perfection. I love James Arthur's voice, and his album is so sincere. I feel the pain. I've been following him since xThis album is pure perfection. I love James Arthur's voice, and his album is so sincere. I feel the pain. I've been following him since x factor, and I'm waiting ANOTHER really good album real soon Expand
  2. Mar 14, 2014
    10
    Definitely one of the best albums of 2013, still love it like the first day I heard it. It has great vocals, and songs like "Smoke Clouds" orDefinitely one of the best albums of 2013, still love it like the first day I heard it. It has great vocals, and songs like "Smoke Clouds" or "Recovery" show all the potential that James has. Expand
  3. Nov 16, 2013
    6
    The album has all the contents a good album should have. Yet it seems to fall short for some reason I cannot pinpoint. I could definitely seeThe album has all the contents a good album should have. Yet it seems to fall short for some reason I cannot pinpoint. I could definitely see influences from Emeli Sande, Lauryn Hill, Tinie Tempah and even Adele all of whom had produced albums that have left an impact. Maybe it is just wrong place, wrong time scenario here. Expand
  4. Jan 23, 2014
    0
    Disappointing. This isn't the album of a real musician, it's the product of a talent show puppet. Also his voice is nothing special. Sadly hisDisappointing. This isn't the album of a real musician, it's the product of a talent show puppet. Also his voice is nothing special. Sadly his twitter rants are much more interesting than his music. Expand