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Matthew Morrison [ Exclusive Version]

Matthew MorrisonAudio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 10, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B004QQQ2LK
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,639 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Summer Rain
2. Still Got Tonight
3. Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot featuring Sting
4. My Name
5. Hey
6. Somewhere Over The Rainbow with Gwyneth Paltrow
7. Don't Stop Dancing
8. It Don't Matter To The Sun
9. Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters/Rocket Man featuring Elton John
10. It's Over
11. Arms of a Lover (EXCLUSIVE)

Editorial Reviews

Matthew Morrison's self-titled debut release features the lead single "Summer Rain" which was co-written by Matthew with Claude Kelly (Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, to name a a few) and the Norwegian duo known as Espionage, who produced the track in New York City. Espionage (Espen Lind and Amund Bjørklund), are respected for their work with Train (this year's Grammy Award-winning "Soul Sister") and many others. The debut album is available on May 10th and features other songs with guest stars Elton John, Gwyneth Paltrow and more.

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, Matthew, you proved your point May 11, 2011
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Matthew Morrison is one supremely talented guy. Amazing voice, great dancer, a terrific all-around entertainer. I've been eagerly anticipating this debut solo release since it was first announced last year.

I'm not very impressed. Not that it's a bad album; it's just that it seems to be trying to prove a couple of points -- namely, that Matthew Morrison is NOT Will Schuester, nor is he just another pretty Broadway face. We get it. Point taken.

This album falls into a category that used to be called MOR ("middle of the road"), walking a line between glossy pop music and more serious adult-contemporary singer/songwriter-ish fare. This gives the album a bit of a lack of focus; while artists like Michael Bublé have been able to successfully navigate similar waters, Morrison just seems randomly adrift on the open sea.

I have a few complaints about the production, the main one being the way Morrison's vocals often get buried in the mix. I suppose I was expecting an album that showcased his vocal talent in a more obvious way, but instead we got some pretty bland pop songs in which the vocals could have been provided by just about anyone. The true "pop" songs on the album are also completely vacuous when it comes to lyrics. It seems that Morrison didn't take Will Schuester's advice about choosing songs that SAY something meaningful about yourself or your feelings.

To stop being negative for a moment, let's talk about the album's high points. "Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters/Rocket Man," a duet with Elton John, is fantastic. These are classic songs that have withstood the test of time. "Over the Rainbow" with Gwyneth Paltrow is another strong song, although it's not a lot different from the version used in GLEE at the end of season one.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Jaded Listener Wants More Than GLEE Throwaways May 12, 2011
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I love Matthew Morrison. I love his talent and his credentials. You don't get the lead on Broadway without some serious chops. Why then, did he choose to do an album of pablum for the GLEE crowd? Of yea, because it sells. Well, I am one fan who wishes that he had used his amazing voice to rekindle the love for real singing. Not the breathy, digitized vocals that have become a bankable trademark, but real singing. Listen, I know I'm in the minority. Honestly I do. But as someone with an almost religious respect for talent, this CD left me wishing that some producer hadn't gotten to him first. GLEE is a product. He is a star. Now he needs to put out a recording that reflects that status.
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31 of 37 people found the following review helpful
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As the Glee 'kids' gear up for their summer tour, Matthew Morrison has been hard at work on his own project, which is this album that you either hold in your hands or downloaded. The album itself is filled with a great mix of music, from older classics, to songs Matthew Morrison wrote himself, to duets with some of the greatest people in the business. And the end result, honestly, is absolutely 'Gleeful'. Even the insert and photos came out great. And so without further ado, I give you my review of Matthew Morrison's self titled debut...

1). A- - Matthew Morrison - Summer Rain - Such a smooth slow jam, at the same time refreshing but also sounding like the music of years gone by. The lyrics however, written by Matthew Morrison, are completely modern. The song is about a former lover (He confirmed that on Ryan Seacrest.) that he made love with on a rooftop during a storm in New York. His vocals are amazing, and the beat throws you off a bit at first, but quickly has you tapping your toes.

2). A - Matthew Morrison - Still Got Tonight - This is BEAUTIFUL ballad about a long distance relationship, or a relationship with someone who has to travel a lot with his work. And you just get that true sense of honesty and legitimacy, and you just know this is something he's lived through. Not surprising since he's an actor. I'm starting to think it's not possible for him to sound bad. He could sing the phone book to a decent beat and we'd buy it. LOL

3). B - Matthew Morrison and Sting - Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot - I've never been a fan of Sting. (Ducks all the rocks and garbage and tomatoes thrown at him.) LOL But they sound really good together, and the message of the song is a good one. Not my favorite song on the album, but still pretty darn good.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Expected more May 17, 2011
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As an adult who loves Glee and the soundtracks so far, I was disappointed by this offering on my first listen. I think he has a great voice but this CD felt like he was trying too hard to appeal to soccer mom's with the "I'm so sexy" approach. He should have let his voice and his ability to own a song speak for themselves. I have played it a second time and only liked it a little better.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not leaving my CD player all summer! May 13, 2011
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Well done, Matthew! I've had a couple of days to play this album now and I am so glad I bought it. Matthew Morrison is incredibly talented and passionate about creating music. The original songs are written well and express a good depth of feeling. It also shows Matthew's versatility as an artist. One of the best songs, in my opinion, is "Still Got Tonight".

I am giving this album 5 stars because it shines in many ways, but I do have a couple of points that I think could have been better.

As an artist, I think the album photography could have been a little better. It "feels" dated.

Also, I understand the pairing of Matthew and Gwyneth from their roles on Glee, but I don't think her voice is a truly good match for Matthew's in a duet. Hers is a deep alto and a little flat, and it's just not that fitting for his beautiful tenor, which gets a little lost in the song. It seems like her alto takes the lead and it should be the other way around.

Overall this is a wonderful debut and I can't wait to see what Matthew does in the future. When I listen to this album, I think it would be awesome to have a guy like Matthew in your circle of friends. Hopefully I will get to hear these songs live at the Palace Theater in Columbus, Ohio on tour.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great album
Published 3 months ago by Henry Lew
5.0 out of 5 stars A Many Talented Entertainer
Matthew has a perfect voice, and as well is a great dancer and actor. He sings a wide range of music from the fifties to the current favorites. He appeals to all ages. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Marilyn Nelsen
5.0 out of 5 stars a delight for the ears
What a great choice of show tunes. It is very de-stressing to listen to these songs and Matt Morrison's delivery. Read more
Published 14 months ago by peggy von bargen
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
He did awesome on his first album. Loved Summer Rain and Hey and Don't stop dancing. He has a great voice and will buy future albums of his.
Published 16 months ago by Kim
2.0 out of 5 stars didn't care for most of the songs. only 3
only liked 3 songs. wanted more broadway like material. many songs too young for him. hope next cd better. ok
Published 16 months ago by gerald dorfman
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun, but only a few songs were any good.
Matthew Morrison is a very talented guy. I like him a lot. I don't like Glee. It's too dirty for my taste. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Broadway'sTribute
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Musical Celebration
The cd arrived in today's post, and I know that I will be listening to it non-stop for the next few weeks. Rarely has a musical journey so delighted and uplifted me. Read more
Published on March 2, 2012 by Wilum Hopfrog Pugmire, Esq.
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Money
You do not have to be a GLEE fan to appreciate this album. Not being a GLEE fan, I was drug to a NKOTB concert with my 12-year daughter in which Matthew Morrison was one of the... Read more
Published on February 9, 2012 by K. Johnson
4.0 out of 5 stars A Must for Morrison's Fans, but Others Will Enjoy It, Too
Anyone who's seen Glee or seen him on Broadway knows Matthew Morrison is multi-talented (the producer of Glee said it best, "You'd think there are a lot of good-looking 30 year old... Read more
Published on January 14, 2012 by Lilia Rinna
1.0 out of 5 stars BIG Letdown!
I wanted to love this CD; I really did, because I love Morrison's singing on Glee. But this? The "original" songs are so . . . well, bland is kind. Read more
Published on October 9, 2011 by LadyScholar
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Exclusive Version my Ass!!!
It looks like it's an exclusive version because of the song "Arms of a Lover."
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