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Early In the Morning by James Vincent McMorrow

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Reviewed on 8th August 2011.


Early In the Morning

By James Vincent McMorrow

Dublin born James Vincent McMorrow seems to be slowly and steadily making a name for himself, gaining recognition that he most definitely deserves.

The announcement of his first US tour, which kicks off on September 8th in Philadelphia, only secures his increasing success. He has been touring since the start of this year, ever since his debut album 'Early in the Morning' was released and these dates mostly included McMorrow standing alone on the stage, with only his guitar and hauntingly beautiful voice for on-stage company, although I'm sure this didn't phase McMorrow. Many could argue that the world of music does not need another Bon Iver or Sufjan Stevens, but with McMorrow, they are wrong, he is something different. The Dublin born singer and songwriter has already had his fair share of success, being invited to play onstage with Bon Iver and Mark Ronson, who are dominant figures in their field of music, something he describes as ''a real learning experience''.

McMorrow seems to have had the perfect set up for his stunning collection of songs, recording the album in an isolated house by the sea, again with just himself for company. McMorrow did all the recording himself, unable to allow anyone else to intrude on his personal connection with his music.
One cannot help but adore 'If I Had A Boat', so cleverly structured and building to a vocal climax and 'This Old Dark Machine', both arguably the best songs on the album, which explore the beauty of McMorrow's voice, something which separates him from others such as Sufjan Stevens and Bon Iver, due to its easily distinguishable nature. The key change in 'And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop' is a true reflection of the simple integrity of McMorrow's music, recording it alone, the album doesn't involve complex melodies with a large backing band, it is simply McMorrow and his music.

The album has been critically acclaimed by figures such as People magazine and Q magazine, McMorrow is certainly making a mark with his music and he will continue to do so for a long time.



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