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Love & War
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock
Though Daniel Merriweather may be best known in the US as the remarkably soulful voice behind "Stop Me" (a standout track from DJ/producer Mark Ronson's eclectic album Version that went to #1 on the UK's airplay chart), th... more »
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Though Daniel Merriweather may be best known in the US as the remarkably soulful voice behind "Stop Me" (a standout track from DJ/producer Mark Ronson's eclectic album Version that went to #1 on the UK's airplay chart), the 27-year-old Melbourne native firmly establishes himself as a solo artist in his own right on Love & War which pulses with '60s soul keyboards and horns, warm textures of acoustic and electric guitar, and cinematic string arrangements, all anchored by Merriweather's combustible vocals. Love & War is also a showcase for Merriweather's considerable songwriting talents. He wrote nearly every song on the album with various musician friends and then presented his compositions to Ronson (who produced the album) and his backing band, The Dap Kings, who also played on Amy Winehouse's Back To Black and Ronson's Version.
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Why only 5 stars?
A. Russell | On parole... | 03/08/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Cuz Amazon only goes up to 5! This guy sounds like Marvin Gaye meets Teddy Pendergrass - for real. And the songs - this kid has songwriting chops that match his pipes. Absolutely top-notch 60's soul with a touch of Beatles and The Band thrown in for good measure. Fresh, amazing, and so far, unspoken. Call me an instant fan."
Amazing voice! Exceptional talent!
Adrienne | Florida | 03/28/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I absolutely love Daniel Merriweather! Listening to his voice is addictive, and I can't stop listening to this CD! He has a voice comparable to Stevie Wonder, and that says a lot! He deserves more praise and attention for his amazing voice! My favorite songs are "Giving Everything Away for Free", "Red", "Water and a Flame" featuring another amazing vocalist, Adele. Everyone should buy this album! You won't be able to stop listening to it!"
"Love & War" is good, but not great
Lucky Sevens | Tiger Town, Alabama | 03/15/2010
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Austrailia is well known for rock & roll (INXS, AC/DC, Midnight Oil), and until recently, soul music. Enter Daniel Merriweather, who a couple of years ago, sang the lead vocals on Mark Ronson's cover of The Smiths' "Stop Me If You Think You've Heard This One Before". Although that was his first exposure to people, his actual debut was on Ronson's first album, 2003's "Here Comes The Fuzz" on the song "She's Got Me". After a long wait, he releases his debut album "Love & War" which was produced by Ronson except for two songs- the Adele duet "Water And A Flame" and "Giving Away Everything For Free"- which were helmed by Eg White. The album sometimes delves into social commentary, as evidenced on the songs "The Children", "For Your Money" and the first single "Change". Oftentimes, Daniel sounds like Terence Trent D'Arby doing his best Donny Hathaway impression. Other times, he sounds like a male version of Nikka Costa- appropriate being that her debut album "Everybody Got Their Something" was also produced by Ronson. For the most part, it's a good album, but the production overpowers his voice most of the time- which is sad because he has something of substance to sing about."