The Awakening is the follow-up to 2008's Songs for You, Truths for Me and will be released on September 26.
The singer-songwriter explained that he needed a restart of his career despite scoring a big hit with his previous album.
"Despite the huge hits I had, I felt out of place," he told The Sun. "I felt I didn't match up and I needed to reconnect so it's back to the beginning for me."
Of his latest album, he said: "It's been an education. Instead of working with different people, travelling back and forth in the USA, I found people I wanted to work with and locked myself away. It's a heartfelt, genuine record. I've given it my all."
Morrison added that he was excited to have worked with Suede guitarist Bernard Butler on the new album.
"Working with Bernard was a bit of an accident but a happy one. He knows how to bring that old rock 'n' roll sound. It was just us at [North London studio] Konk with no label or management people.
"Because my second album was all over the place, I made sure this was the exact opposite. Yes it was lonely but it's brought out the best in me."
He revealed that he prefers the "stripped" sound of his latest LP in comparison to the pop of its predecessors.
"I'm not complaining about the success I've been lucky to have with my first two albums, but it was a whirlwind for me.
"The pop side of things really wasn't what I wanted. This album is more me, it's stripped-down and real."
James Morrison recently said that comments made about boyband JLS were taken out of context.
> Read Digital Spy's interview with James Morrison here
Watch the video for James Morrison's 'I Won't Let You Go' below: