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? REVIEW: JAMES MORRISON, NEWCASTLE CITY HALL.

Byline: Philip Tallentire

ENGLAND has produced some mighty fine singers over the years.

Stevie Winwood, Paul Rodgers, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, are just four legends among many candidates.

James Morrison is in serious danger of making the list.

His concert at Newcastle City Hall once again demonstrated not only his uniquely soulful singing, but also his undoubted song craft.

The famous old venue was packed to the rafters for his latest North-east visit and Morrison, who was backed by a top notch fivepiece band and two vocalists, made a blistering start to his 90 minute set by launching into Under The Influence followed by another crowdpleaser Nothing Ever Hurt Like You.

The first of his genuine classics, I Won't Let You Go, went down a storm followed by Stay Like This, a track drawn from his fine new album Higher Then Here.

Morrison introduced Something Right with a lovely story about his seven-year-old daughter and, later revealed the slinky Slave To The Music was his attempt to write a Michael Jacksoninspired song.

The new tunes held their own with the older material with Right Here and Easy Love going down a storm, but the highlight of the night was a stripped-back version of Broken Strings.

The crowd singing the final chorus at the top of their voices was genuinely spine-tingling.

Another magical moment was the first song of a thrilling encore when Morrison performed a breathtaking solo version of Just Like A Child then followed up with crowd faves Undiscovered and You Give Me Something, which had his fans dancing in the aisles.

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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Mar 18, 2016
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