"Matthew Morrison" is the name of Matt's debut album, not exactly that creative of a title but fortunately Morrison has got plenty of creative talent behind the scenes of his debut solo cd. The tracks on this recording have some of the best pop writers around today, the music represented covers a wide breadth of types of pop music and the adult contemporary genre and the recording boasts duets with Elton John, Sting and Morrison's frequent Glee guest star Gwyneth Paltrow. The recording features top producers including Steve Kipner, someone who has had a vast career in the recording industry, both producing and writing hit songs and albums. His style pairs nicely with Morrison's voice and the songs selected for the cd.
Morrison has a clear strong voice which comes through perfectly on the recording. He also has great diction and the cd allows him to show off his range as well. There is absolutely none of that "Broadway star" or even "tv star" attitude or pretense that gets in the way of Morrison shining on this cd as an actual singer and recording artist. In fact, if you heard a track from this cd on the radio you would never think it was someone who was on a tv show or had done Broadway shows - and I mean that as a compliment - Morrison comes across as a pop/rock singer on these tracks which, I believe, is exactly what his intent was.
I really like "My Name" which has an arrangement that reminds me of some of the ballads by the UK groups Take That and Oasis, it also has interesting lyrics about who someone really is. I also like his duet with Elton John, which is a perfect pairing of two of John's hits, "Mona Lisa and Mad Hatters" and "Rocket Man."
"Hey" and 'Don't Stop Dancing" are nice upbeat songs that I can see getting plenty of air play. And "It's Over" is a lovely song about the end of a relationship that Morrison co-wrote with his Hairspray composer Marc Shaiman.
And while I like the duet of "Over the Rainbow" with Paltrow, it is the one song that doesn't seem to quite fit with the rest of the material. I'm glad he decided to forgo including any duets with his Glee co-stars, since so many of those recordings already exist. And Morrison does play his signature ukulele on a few tracks as well, but it blends seemlessly with the arrangements.
The cd is a nice balance of upbeat dance songs, ballads and the three duets. With top productions values, including perfect arrangements for each song, a nice collection of song styles and great duet partners, Morrison should be very happy of his fortune. I'm sure this recording will go to the top of the charts just like every one of the other Glee recordings has done in the past.
Amazon's version of the cd includes an exlusive song.
Matthew is going out on tour this summer - tour dates are below and check his website for more details. Matt's official site
Tracks on Matthew Morrison -
1. Summer Rain
2. Still Got Tonight
3. Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot
4. My Name
6. Somewhere Over The Rainbow
7. Don't Stop Dancing
8. It Don't Matter To The Sun
9. Mona Lisas And Mad Hatters/Rocket Man
10. It's Over
11. Arms Of A Woman (Amazon exlcusive)
Amazon link for the cd of Matthew Morrison [Amazon.com Exclusive Version]
Amazon link for the MP3 download Matthew Morrison
Amazon MP3 clips: (coming soon)
Matthew sings "Summer Rain" on the Ellen Degeneres Show -
Album sneak peak -
Matt on Regis and Kelly -
Date City Venue
June 18 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
19 St. Louis, MO Fabulous Fox Theatre
21 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre
22 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
23 Detroit, MI Detroit Opera House
27 Philadelphia, PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts
28 Newark, NJ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
29 Boston, MA Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theatre
July 1 New York, NY Beacon Theatre
2 Atlantic City, NJ Caesar's - Circus Maximus
6 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
7 Greensboro, NC War Memorial Auditorium
8 Duluth, GA The Arena at Gwinnett Center
10 Tampa, FL David A. Straz Jr. Center for the Perf. Arts
11 Orlando, FL Bob Carr Performing Arts Center
13 Boca Raton, FL Mizner Park Amphitheatre
14 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theater
16 Grand Prairie, TX Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie
17 Austin, TX Bass Concert Hall
19 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
20 San Diego, CA Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
23 Los Angeles, CA NOKIA Theatre