17 Songs, 1 Hour 2 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Balladry may have made James Arthur an X Factor champion, but he’s always been a singer-songwriter with a broader vision than your average acoustic troubadour. Building on the soul-pop foundations of 2016’s Back From the Edge, he sets his lived-in vocals to his richest palette of sounds yet. The drama and pomp of opener “You” suggests the Teessider absorbed a few tricks while contributing to The Greatest Showman: Reimagined, and he recruits Ty Dolla $ign and UK rapper Shotty Horroh for the spry hip-pop cut “Treehouse.” Those vocals demand a few stripped-back heart-tuggers, though, and the album’s reflective second half explores the twists and turns of love on “Empty Space” and the gospel-influenced “Naked,” while the graceful “Fall” evokes Arthur’s own struggles with addiction and anxiety.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Apple Digital Master

EDITORS’ NOTES

Balladry may have made James Arthur an X Factor champion, but he’s always been a singer-songwriter with a broader vision than your average acoustic troubadour. Building on the soul-pop foundations of 2016’s Back From the Edge, he sets his lived-in vocals to his richest palette of sounds yet. The drama and pomp of opener “You” suggests the Teessider absorbed a few tricks while contributing to The Greatest Showman: Reimagined, and he recruits Ty Dolla $ign and UK rapper Shotty Horroh for the spry hip-pop cut “Treehouse.” Those vocals demand a few stripped-back heart-tuggers, though, and the album’s reflective second half explores the twists and turns of love on “Empty Space” and the gospel-influenced “Naked,” while the graceful “Fall” evokes Arthur’s own struggles with addiction and anxiety.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

skeybunny ,

Can’t wait for #YOU

I’ve heard about half the songs on this album already, and I can’t wait for the 18th to hear the rest. My favorite so far is Finally Feel Good. Love James Arthur’s voice, his words, his melodies. YOU was picked to be the title because unlike his last album Back from the Edge, which was really personal and about him, the songs on this one are meant to be from other people’s point of view.

ppqqrraa ,

Absolute perfection!

Wow!! What a perfect collection of music! James has the best voice in music and his writing is so raw and real that he makes me feel every emotion! Wow!

Curlybedhead235 ,

Beautiful

His music is always honest and real. Love this album 💕💕

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