Love & War - Daniel Merriweather
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  • Summary: Better remembered for his vocal contributions on Mark Ronson's "Here Comes the Fuzz," as well as his mash-up for the single "Stop Me" as heard on Ronson's album, the Australian R&B vocalist will release his debut album entitled, Love & War.
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  1. Merriweather delivers just fine in his own right, with a soulful voice of the Otis Redding/Al Green/Marvin Gaye variety and lushly arranged songs that channel an array of influences from early Elton John ("For Your Money") to vintage Holland-Dozier-Holland ("Impossible").
  2. 80
    Ronson fatigue will probably prove his undoing, but this is a very good album. [May 2009, p.87]
  3. This Ronson-produced collection of swinging '60s pop and blue-eyed soul is still well-crafted, with standouts. The problem is Merriweather's voice, which is technically agile but emotionally anodyne. [Jul 2009, p.127]
  4. 60
    It would be easy to write off the album as pastiche but a confessional, honky-tonk-styled "Cigarettes," and the grit Merriweather puts into the immaculately fashioned grooves, show he's more about feel than fashion. [Jul 2009, p.95]
  5. Love & War is sharp and bright, full of limpid melodies, punchy brass arrangements and, in songs like "Change" (with rapping by Wale), beats that gesture to 1974 but feel thoroughly 2010.
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