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February 3, 2011

Preview Review (James Vincent McMorrow’s Early in the Morning)

James Vincent McMorrow’s debut album Early in the Morning, which finally receives stateside release this January, comes at you largely in a whisper that could be mistaken for Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon. For the listener to make that assumption however could be critical- for them, not McMorrow. The singer-songwriter probably owes a greater debt to Crosby Stills Nash and Young, or Donny Hathaway, whom he confesses lured him away from hardcore music for good, though does have a higher register similar to Vernon. Early in the Morning also features a haunting homespun sound, stemming from the album’s recording in isolation at a house in Ireland by the sea. McMorrow is overspilling with his own softly-strummed talent however. Early in the Morning achieved chart-topping success in Ireland in 2010 and deserves the full attention and praise critics have to offer here.

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