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Produced by Mark Ronson (Amy Winehouse, Adele, Kaiser Chiefs), there are horns, organs, and harmonies a plenty. Daniel was the vocalist on Ronson's 2007 hit "Stop me", and if you liked that, there's more where that came from.
Opening cut "Impossible" is a horn drenched soulful number that sounds like some lost Motown classic. "Could you" is a beautiful sunny song that cleverly nicks its chorus from The Mamas and The Papas "California dreaming" to very good effect. My favourite!
Lead-off single "Change" is a groovy upbeat Hip Hop tinged song with a rap from Wale and lyrics taking a look at the state of the world. "Not giving up" is a bouncy Motown-style number, while the bonus track "You don't know what love is" is funky.
For ballads, we have the piano driven "For your money", the absolutely incredible "Water and a flame", a Jazzy duet with a very Amy Winehouse-sounding Adele (and my other favourite). Others are the acoustic "Red", the soulful "Live by night", the Gospel-tinged "All of the people" with wonderfully layered harmonies ("Invade them then cheat them, talk about freedom, and that's how the West was won" go the lyrics in part), and the beautifuly wistful "Giving everything away for free".
Daniel is definitely one to watch!
Water and A Flame
Live by Night
Please buy this one and share with your family and friends. It's such a good listen. Such a good listen!!!!
I'll keep this rather short. I just downloaded this album 2 nights ago and I'm not disappointed overall. Daniel has a voice almost unlike any other. It's really soulful displayed rather well on songs like 'For Your Money', 'Cigarettes' and 'Chainsaw'.
'Change' featuring the new and upcoming rapper Wale is instantly catchy while maintaining a soulful vibe. 'Giving Everything Away For Free' is an underrated track. The vocals are beautiful, it starts out almost optimistic-sounding and then floats into obscurity and pain. 'Water And A Flame' is a pretty neat duet with Adele, but it can be a bit dreary after a while.
My main complaint about this effort is that although it has very few tracks that are very average, many of the tracks that don't quite stand out a lot are right after another, in the middle of the album.
The disc starts out very strong with possibly my favorite track, the rocky 'For Your Money', then the catchy 'Impossible', the unforgettable 'Change' (Feat. Wale) and 'Chainsaw', my former favorite track. It also ends solid with 'Giving Everything Away For Free' and the inspirational and almost lulling 'The Children'.
All in all it's solid, but I just thought there could have been more outstanding tracks added to the mix.
4 stars or an 8/10.
'For Your Money'
'Giving Everything Away For Free' &
'Change' (Feat. Wale)
'Cigarettes' (it's sung beautifully, but the song itself is lifeless)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the album and the artist, but this is not an album worth buying on vinyl. Audio quality is flat, heavily compressed and distorted. Sounds like FM radio. Read morePublished 10 months ago by ErickinOKC
I bought this because of the song from "The Ugly Truth" but I love the entire CD. I'm a "senior citizen" so it may be rare for one my age to enjoy this but this... Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Oldtimer
I liked what Daniel Merriweather did with Mark Ronson. I had heard 2 songs from this album on another Internet site. I did not expect this whole CD to be so wonderful. Read morePublished on December 15, 2010 by Sweetums
Daniel Merriweather would have had my vote for Best New Artist at the Grammys for this outstanding debut album. Read morePublished on December 9, 2010 by Lauren Stillman
I believe his voice will be a household name. The songs he sings just melt your heart. He is truely gifted. He also has a jazzy tone that is heartfelt. Read morePublished on April 17, 2010 by Deborah M. Schultz