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Marcus Collins: 'Marcus Collins' - Album review

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Released on Monday, Mar 12 2012

Marcus Collins
Recent years have seen X Factor runner-ups soar higher in the charts than the show's champions and generating a stronger following than their vote-winning counterpart. However, those talent show success stories have each benefited from a year's worth of time and money in investment, which is not the case for 2011 finalist Marcus Collins and his self-titled debut.

First single 'Seven Nation Army' caused controversy for being a White Stripes cover, despite showcasing Collins's pitch-perfect tones against a funk-bouncing brass section. Here, it serves as the album's opening number and is swiftly trailed by original cut 'Love & Hate', which plods along with a by-numbers marching band backdrop.

Much of the LP's remaining songs follow a similar pattern. Despite dealing with relationship breakdowns and lost innocence, Collins's vocal performance - though pleasant - fails to offer any depth to lift the tracks to life. That said, 'Mercy' and a cover of Janelle Monae's 'Tightrope' offer a fun and welcome change to the pace in the latter half - instantly reigniting the spark millions witnessed during his numerous live shows on national TV last autumn.

In the same vein, Gary Barlow-penned 'Feel Like I Feel' offers a playful slice of disco-pop reminiscent of Take That's material in the early '90s that could now be considered fashionably retro. Overall, Collins has some strong moments on his debut that brim with potential. However, with a bit more time and investment he could have brought the rest up to the same standard and demonstrated the showman he could be.



Tracks to download: 'Mercy', 'Tightrope', 'Feel Like I Feel'
If you like this, you'll like: Bruno Mars, Olly Murs

Watch the music video for Marcus Collins's 'Seven Nation Army' below:

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