The Awakening - James Morrison
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  • Summary: The death of his father was an influence on the third album for the British singer and was produced by Bernard Butler.
  • Record Label: Republic
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Alternative Pop/Rock
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  1. 60
    James Morrison drizzles his velvety-as-butter voice all over each of the 12 songs on The Awakening, his most recent foray into contemporary soul, where the balance between the cheerful and the cheesy works more often than not.
  2. Oct 25, 2011
    60
    Amy Winehouse it ain't, but we can take a certain pleasure in a man who at least possesses the sort of grainy Sam Cooke mellifluousness that, down the ages, has redeemed blue-eyed-soul boys the world over. [Oct 2011, p.94]
  3. Oct 13, 2011
    60
    Until Morrison manages to infuse some of this raw honesty and emotion into his sound, he's always going to struggle to create that one great record that his impassioned and soulful voice deserves.
  4. Oct 26, 2011
    60
    It's an in-the-moment album that's best when it's in the moment.
  5. Oct 13, 2011
    50
    The Awakening is lacking the grandstanding moment it needs to elevate it above reserved recommendation--it's a safe, steady affair, but about as revelatory as a Chris de Burgh best-of.
  6. Nov 8, 2011
    40
    The third album from James Morrison isn't the musical enlightenment that its title suggests, but rather another sturdy, if predictable, collection of soul-tinged, Radio-2 friendly pop tunes. [Nov. 2011, p. 139]
  7. 20
    The songs are mostly just nondescript airwave fodder, clogging up the aether for months to come.

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