Music Review: James Morrison – Soul Satisfaction, Or A Vocal Victory


Bruce Dennill

Writer. Reader. Singer. Songwriter. Believer. Likes to learn.

All content by Bruce Dennill first published on pARTicipate, republished with permission.
Bruce Dennill


James Morrison / Teatro, Fourways, Johannesburg

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Without a big hit in current circulation, English singer-songwriter James Morrison’s appearance on South African stages this week might’ve seemed a bit odd to some. But Morrison has a new album out at the beginning of March, and it makes just as much sense for an artist to position themselves front of mind ahead of a release as it does to ride the momentum of established awareness when there’s a chart favourite in circulation.

This context did make for a slightly different mood in the auditorium, with fans shouting out the name of the songs they wanted to hear – often the singer’s early material, like his first single You Give Me Something, now 13 years old! Most of those favourites were included in the setlist (though the excellent Undiscovered was absent) and Morrison also took advantage of the moment to introduce – politely; he preceded each with an introduction including the words “Would…

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