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James Morrison - You're Stronger Than You Know (Stanley Road Records)
Graham Clark, Features Writer
Since James Morrison released his last album 3 years ago, it has been a tough time for the soulful singer: he lost his record deal and faced turmoil in his family life, which is probably why the album is entitled You're Stronger Than You Know.

The lyrics on many of the tracks on this fine comeback reflect what has been going on in his life. After taking time out he seems to be in a positive state of mind.

His forthcoming spring tour is sold out especially on the northern dates which shows that the support from his fans is still there.

One of his biggest hits was the duet with Nelly Furtado on Broken Strings. Fittingly the album opens up with another duet, this time with Joss Stone on My Love Goes On. An uplifting track, their voices work well together. No wonder it was a Radio 2 favourite when released as a single.

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There are a lot of Otis Redding and Stevie Wonder references on the album though Morrison's soulful vocals appear to be sung from the heart. Having the same producer, Mark Taylor throughout the album brings continuity too.

So Beautiful is a track co-written with Gary Barlow. The lyric is now more relevant to his life than when the track was written 10 years ago. One of the best tracks on the album is Glorious - sure to become a live favourite. An anthem in the making it is indeed Glorious.

Power was co-written with Ed White who has written for Adele. The lyric of the ballad appears to be about the strength you have inside whilst on the song, Slowly seems to be about his upbringing which wasn't always a bed of roses, where he sings he "was born from rage and sadness."

On a very personal album Morrison is in a better place now, as the album closes with Until The Stars Go Out it feels like his star is still rising.

I give the album 3 out of 5

James Morrison - You're Stronger Than You Know (Stanley Road Records), 12th March 2019, 17:06 PM