ALBUM REVIEW: MARCUS COLLINS WITH HIS SELF TITLED DÉBUT LP
MARCUS COLLINS ALBUM REVIEW ‘MARCUS COLLINS’
Marcus Collins reached a peak position of number 7 in the UK with his debut self-titled album.
Featuring a host of original songs co-written by Collins himself as well as a new Gary Barlow penned track we thought it was high time popledge took a listen to the album.
It’s quite a short LP coming in at 35 minutes long with 11 tracks.
The album starts with Collin’s ‘Seven Nation Army’ track – to me this should have stayed an album track, it’s a ‘nice’ cover of a cover by a French artist called Ben L’oncle – but by choosing this as his first single I think his record company did him a dis-service, there is much better material on the album.
The album has got a light soul touch to it as demonstrated on ‘Love and Hate’ – however it’s when things ‘lift’ up a bit when Marcus shines, when there is a bit of emotion in the track, I especially enjoyed ‘Innocence’ and ‘Don’t Surrender.’ Marcus’s falsetto sounds amazing in the latter track.
Mercy is listed as the second single to be taken from the album, it’s full of horns and a slick drum beat, I don’t want to say Bruno Mars because it doesn’t sound exactly like him but it is that sort of vibe, kind of Cee-Lo Green too.
Back to another cover now, one of his X Factor favourites ‘Higher and Higher’ again it’s ‘nice’ but listen to the original by Jackie Wilson if you like this song.
That’s Just Life reminded me of an old S Club 7 song – it’s the most poppy on the album, I enjoyed it! Lyrically it’s nothing to write home about but it’s a happy song and it suits Marcus.
Another of my favourites was ‘Tightrope’ it sees Marcus whiz through the lyrics and I loved the fast beat of the track combined with the female backing vocals – a great direction for Marcus to pursue in the future. Again though if you like it try the original by Janelle Monáe.
It’s Time passed me by after the previous track – an album track more than a single.
Feel Like I Feel is the Gary Barlow penned track, it’s got a cool disco vibe to it and centres around an unhealthy relationship which isn’t typical Barlow. Again I can’t see this being a single but it’s a good addition to the album.
The album finishes with Break These Chains – a very fast song (2.28 in length) about breaking the chains from a relationship – perhaps the one Barlow was talking about before – the track feels like an abrupt end to the album though.
Listen to if you like: Bruno Mars, Olly Murs, Matt Cardle.
Keep on your iPod: Innocence, Don’t Surrender and Tightrope.