Editors’ Notes James Morrison is unmistakenly a dedicated student of old-school soul. As a singer, his phrasing and dynamics bear a striking resemblance to the work of Stevie Wonder during his late ‘60s/early ‘70s heyday. On his sophomore album Songs for You, Truths for Me, Morrison applies his vocal skills to self-penned material that draws heavily upon Motown influences. The tunes here pretty much adhere to R&B conventions, albeit with enough confessions of personal angst to give things some personality. “The Only Night,” “Save Yourself,” and “Broken Strings” (the latter a duet with Nelly Furtado) accompany James’ tempered vocal anguish with vintage string and horn arrangements. Morrison radiates a positive vibe in “You Make It Real” and “Precious Love,” then recalls childhood disillusionment in “Once When I Was Little.” As U.K.-style soul revivalism, these tracks are hard to fault — though you wish Morrison would break out of character a little more often, as he does on “Love Is Hard,” a sparse acoustic tune boasting visceral lyrics sung with a minimum of affectation. Songs for You, Truths for Me is as classy as it is careful, showcasing a genuinely talented artist.

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The Only Night
1
3:37
 
Save Yourself
2
3:01
 
You Make It Real
3
3:31
 
Please Don't Stop the Rain
4
3:54
 
Broken Strings (feat. Nelly Furtado)
5
4:10
 
Nothing Ever Hurt Like You
6
3:51
 
Once When I Was Little
7
4:42
 
Precious Love
8
3:37
 
If You Don't Wanna Love Me
9
4:15
 
Fix the World Up for You
10
3:34
 
Dream On Hayley
11
3:33
 
Love Is Hard
12
3:51
 
Sitting On a Platform
13
3:11
 

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