Olly Murs: Right Place Right Time

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Posted May 21, 2013 by in
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Rating

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1.5/ 5

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Genre: Pop
 
Producer: Ed Drewett, Steve Kipner, Lucas Secon, Andrew Frampton, Future Cut, Wayne Hector, TMS, Claude Kelly, Steve Robson
 
Label: Syco, Epic
 
Format: Digital download, compact disc
 
Time: 41:02
 
Release Date: 26 November 2012
 
Spin This: "Loud and Clear," "What a Buzz"
 

Pros:

Singer-songwriter rides the coattails of Will Young and fellow UK crossover contemporaries
 

Cons:

Bulk of songs tens dip into mediocrity, second half vexed with familiarity and safe ballads
 

Young Brit lad lands on US soil with safe copy of American pop-soul

by J Matthew Cobb
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Young Brit lad lands on US soil with safe copy of American pop-soul

As the latest wave of the 21st century British Invasion goes into overdrive with newcomers Jessie Ware, James Blake and Emeli Sandé landing on Plymouth Rock, the adorable Olly Murs – a product of the UK’s X-Factor – is hoping to jump into the ongoing parade. Right Place Right Time, the act’s third LP and first to really make noise on this side of the pond, seems to be a safe, but sadly ignorable disc to drop on our ears, especially as returning pop/soul swinger Justin Timberlake has just dropped one of the better albums of the first quarter of 2013. It tries to find its groove with Rob Base beats (“Heart Skips a Beat”) and recycled Maroon 5 riffs (“Troublemaker”). Once the rap cameos are out the way, Murs seems to wallow around in a bland tepidness as the songwriting hardly pushes his radio-ready pipes to the max. There seems to be no serendipity inside the weight of this material, and that’s pretty devastating considering the album’s deluxe edition is littered with fourteen tracks. Even his courtship with Motown flavors on “Dance With Me Tonight” doesn’t lit the fuse.  In places, it sounds like he’s playing with Will Young templates, instead of finding his own voice and taking bigger risks with his singing style. Only when he finds a good ballad like the string-laden “Loud & Clear” and the sweetly nostalgically-painted “What a Buzz” does Murs sound like he’s find something befitting for him. By this time, the album is nearly completed and the anticipation for something magical has evaporated.


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J Matthew Cobb

Managing editor of HiFi Magazine


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