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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.


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)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 10, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Island
  • ASIN: B004QQQ2LK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #133,437 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful By DVD buff on 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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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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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Robert S. Browning on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By K. Charpentier on 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 By MickeyJoe on May 26, 2011
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Thankfully, not a rap break to be had anywhere. And not really any Gleekish sound, except for a few notes here and there. This is very much an expression of how much Matthew appreciates acoustic rock. However, there are touches of misfit tracks, but forgivable, given the body of work he presents here.

"Summer Rain" is most certainly a pop hit. It has that happy flowing sound we need during the hot months. A sing along car song, with or without friends. Impressive that he is the primary writer, even though this song is about the music, not the lyric.

"Still Got Tonight" has a slow build to an invigorating loud anthem, and goes up and down. To be performed live would be a show of his vocal power. The song needs to be rocked out, and it really sounds like something Kelly Clarkson would do well with. Oddly enough, it is co-written by American Idol, Kris Allen.

"Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot", a duet with Sting, on a Sting song. I always heard Sting's version as Gospel, and this version really brings that sound out. The arrangement of the choir and the horns is spot-on. An interesting inspirational effort.

"My Name".... screeeech. This is my only roadblock. First, it should be called "Turn The Lights Off". But there seems to be some undeserved arrogance here. He wrote it, but even if he didn't, the lyrics are a bit too soon for his life. He is basically telling his fans that we think he is a god-like mega-celeb or something. Maybe he does have screaming 13 year old girls thinking he is something he is not, but the people who love this music are not going to be the people this song is about. It's a notable lyrical effort, but too soon.

"Hey", another floaty summer song while riding in a convertible. Mostly written by Mr.
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