How can I find you, when you’re always hiding from yourself – It’s never too late to turn it back around, The only way is up, up, up
James Morrison is well known for his soulful, emotional radio hits and I have been a fan of his music since he did a collaboration with Nelly Furtado (2009′s “Broken Strings” was a perfectly engineered and executed radio single). His third studio album, The Awakening, was released late in September of last year and has been selling pretty well in the UK thanks to singles “I Won’t Let You Go” and “Slave To The Music”. What we have here is the latest single from the project – a collaboration with Jessie J, who only burst onto the scene recently thanks to “Do It Like A Dude” and “Price Tag”. The track follows along the same lines of “Broken Strings” (it was, after all also produced by Mark Taylor) and creatively these two have some great chemistry, evident not only by the strong vocal performances in the song, but also by the music video.
Although initially Morrison hoped for this song to be a collaboration with Adele, it was ultimately his A&R rep who advised that it would sound better with Jessie on the vocal. Lyrically the track is about Morrison’s strained relationship with his recently deceased father, who suffered heart failure after a lifelong battle with alcoholism (“It was basically me saying to him: ‘I’m not going to put up with your s–t, but I want you to know you have got the strength to turn it around for yourself“). Powerful stuff, that makes me appreciate the song even more than I already do.
What do you think about “Up”?
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