Kevin Morrison - Of Whom I Am
2010, Kevin Morrison
It's taken two years, but Kevin Morrison finally steps forward with his debut album, a musical testimonial entitled Of Whom I Am. Written at the age of 18, Of Whom I Am reflects life as Morrison knew it at that time, a highly autobiographical comment on the world around him. With the help of producer/uncle Andrew, Morrison has crafted a subtly polished collection of ten songs that are simultaneously fresh and worldly, cynical and open-minded.
Morrison opens with "Of Whom I Am", an introduction and declaration to a young mess who is a mess, a work in progress, and striving to Become. Morrison projects positive outlook in a vibrant folk/country arrangement dotted with excellent guitar work. "Company" is the touching goodbye of a soldier to his love on the verge of going off to war. The song is full of a heartbreaking beauty, as he beseeches the one left behind to hold on and wait until he returns. "Cry" is meandering, jazz-infused pop with an edgy singer/songwriter mask. The solid melody plays well against the simple, open arrangement. "Into The Sun" is a brief instrumental with piano, guitar and strings. It's a nice, mellow change of pace that sounds like a transitional piece from a theatrical score. "Simple Memories" is a sweet little love song that's a sluggish in its pacing but is otherwise quite nicely done. Morrison bows with "Staying For The Stars", a solid if safe tune that would make for a decent album track but lacks the luster of a closer.
Kevin Morrison is young, a fact you'll have to remind yourself of as you listen to Of Whom I Am. The fact is that Morrison overcomes his youth at times to deliver well-written if somewhat raw songs with the touch of youthful but practiced story teller. Where Of Whom I Am falters you can chalk it up to the youthful indiscretions of a musician with loads of talent who is still learning his craft. When Morrison connects on a song, there are fleeting moments of magic that with time, continuity and grace will grow into something substantial.
Rating: 3 Stars (Out of 5)
Learn more about Kevin Morrison at www.kevinmorrisonmusic.com or www.myspace.com/kevinmorrisonmusic. Of Whom I Am is available from Amazon.com as a CD or Download. The album is also available digitally from iTunes.