James Vincent McMorrow - Early in the MorningThursday 04 Mar 2010
Duration: 45 minutes
"I've been breaking hearts for far too long," laments Dubliner James Vincent McMorrow. His debut will cause plenty more tears before bedtime but will give others reason to dry their eyes and get a good night's sleep.
Whether warming or giving the chills, McMorrow sounds like someone to stick with for the long haul and this album feels like the work of a through-the-ringer veteran who's five records and 100,000 miles into a career, not someone who "didn't start playing music really until I was 18/19" and is still in his early twenties.
Beautifully recorded without taking the grit out of the songs, 'Early in the Morning' is a treasure trove, and as 'From the Woods!!' shows, McMorrow can really rip it up when the urge takes him. Here's hoping it takes him some more.
Tracklisting: If I Had a Boat - Hear the Noise that Moves So Soft and Slow - Sparrow and the Wolf - Breaking Hearts - We Don't Eat - This Old Dark Machine - Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree - Down the Burning Ropes - From the Woods!! - And If My Heart Should Somehow Stop - Early in the Morning I'll Come Calling