U.S. pressing of the debut albumm from the Australian singer/songwriter. Already an enormous hit in the UK, Love & War, debuted at #2 on the British album chart and the album's first single, 'Red', was #2 most-played song in the UK and features stellar guitar work from Sean Lennon and Harper Simon (Paul's son). Though Merriweather may be best known in the U.S. as the remarkably soulful voice behind 'Stop Me' (a standout track from DJ/producer Mark Ronson's album Version), the 27-year-old Melbourne native firmly establishes himself as a solo artist in his own right on Love & War, which pulses with '60s Soul keyboards and horns, warm textures of acoustic and electric guitar, and cinematic string arrangements, all anchored by Merriweather's combustible vocals.
'Red' is richly constructed pop drenched in keening romantic regret. ...a soulful voice of the Otis Redding/Al Green/Marvin Gaye variety and lushly arranged songs that channel an array of influences from early Elton John ("For Your Money") to vintage Holland-Dozier-Holland ("Impossible"). -- Billboard February 27,2010
Does the world really need another twentysomething blue-eyed-soul upstart? If it's Daniel Merriweather, then the answer is yes, please. The solid pop hooks and gritty-sweet, unabashedly nostalgic arrangements on the Aussie singer/songwriter's debut rival any R&B-flavored imports of recent years. And Merriweather's precociously grainy vocals make Justin Timberlake sound like, well, a boy-band alum. - 3½ stars -- USA Today,February 23,2010
The retro-soulful singer gets his much deserved close-up on the year's best debut... Love & War feels like the male answer to Back to Black. 3½ stars- "Critic's Choice" -- People, March 1, 2010
There was no doubt that a new star was born... Merriweather wowed a packed house at the Troubadour, where such legends as Elton John broke in the U.S. And if the strength of Merriweather's debut disc, Love & War -- long on stylistic ambition and old-school instrumentation -- is any indication, Merriweather's West Coast maiden voyage could achieve similar historic significance. -- Daily Variety January 21, 2010