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Olly Murs's new album 'Right Place Right Time': First listen

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Olly Murs 'Right Place Right Time' album cover

We're just going to come out and say it; Olly Murs's last album In Case You Didn't Know was a pretty brilliant pop record. What's more, we enjoyed all three of its singles ('Heart Skips A Beat' was easily one of the best songs of 2011) and could have easily picked another five songs that deserved individual attention.

As such, we had high hopes for the single leading album number three 'Troublemaker' - even if it does feature Flo Rida - and thankfully the track doesn't disappoint. It had its first play on radio earlier today, and it's another perky soul-pop number that - because you feel like you've heard it somewhere before - is difficult for anyone to outright dislike (although Flo's contribution being kept to a minimum certainly helps).

Listen to 'Troublemaker' below:



Another song we've heard from the record is 'Army Of Two'. It clocks in at a rather lengthy 4 minutes and 48 seconds, but that's largely down to an extended orchestral/marching band intro. The whole thing is extremely well crafted, but the best thing about it is the chorus, which contains the instantly catchy lyric: "Soldiers follow my lead/ Repeat after me." It's probably our favourite of the five tracks we've heard because it feels big, fresh and exciting without taking away what we already like about Olly's music.

We'll quickly skim over by-the-numbers-but-by-no-means-bad ballad 'One Of These Days' and move straight on to 'Dear Darlin', a midtempo number in which he writes a letter to a recent ex. Again, it's reassuringly familiar without feeling dated. There are Christmassy chimes to be heard throughout, so we wouldn't be surprised if this is the next pre-Christmas single.

Olly Murs


The final song we've heard thus far is 'Loud & Clear' which, put simply, is a brilliant and epic enormo-ballad. "You can't reverse the tears/ The truth is hitting you loud and clear" he says, before a choir of "oohs" chant on the chorus.

In summary, it's business as usual for Olly - but in the best possible way. In fact, if the remaining ten(!) tracks on Right Place Right Time are of similar quality, we could have an even more surprisingly excellent album that In Case You Didn't Know on our hands.

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