Album review: James Arthur, James Arthur (Syco)


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Despite the huge success of "Impossible", James Arthur was sufficiently discomfited by his success, according to recent reports, to have considered suicide. Although, pop being a cynical business, it's hard not to commend the promotional value thus attached to "Suicide", a song about romantic disruption. The opener, "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You", is a decent showcase for his burly-voiced brand of R&B pop – but elsewhere, Arthur grossly overdoes the emotional groaning that passes for vocal expression in the album's more overwrought corners.

Download: You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You; Get Down; Lie Down