Daniel Merriweather “Love & War” review

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Though Daniel Merriweather may be best known in the US as the remarkably soulful voice behind “Stop Me” (a standout track from DJ/producer Mark Ronson’s eclectic album Version that went to #1 on the UK’s airplay chart), the 27-year-old Melbourne native firmly establishes himself as a solo artist in his own right on Love & War which pulses with ’60s soul keyboards and horns, warm textures of acoustic and electric guitar, and cinematic string arrangements, all anchored by Merriweather’s combustible vocals. Love & War is also a showcase for Merriweather’s considerable songwriting talents. He wrote nearly every song on the album with various musician friends and then presented his compositions to Ronson (who produced the album) and his backing band, The Dap Kings, who also played on Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black and Ronson’s Version.

Daniel Merriweather

Artist: Daniel Merriweather
Title: Love & War
Label: J Records
Rating: 5/10

Tracks:
“For Your Money” – Merriweather has a wonderful voice that seems to get lost in the echoing music that surrounds him like a shower curtain. Regardless, Merriweather pushes through and gets the most out of a good song.

“Impossible” – Sure, it sounds like a Motown song–all except Merriweather’s attempt at being the soul of Smokey Robinson.

“Change” – This is more nu-soul and seems to fit Merriweather a lot better than the tracks that are pure attempts at rewriting the Motown songbook.

“Chainsaw” – Cliche and lacking anything soulful.

“Cigarettes” – If country music ever needed a soul singer Merriweather would fit the bill, sort of, consider no one in Nashville would give him a second listen. Motown? If this was the first song they heard they might bail too.

“Red” – Merriweather tries to turn coal into a diamond. Too bad his voice is bigger than the generic lyrics.

“Could You” – The attempt at ripping off “California Dreamin” is just painful. Why not just cover the original rather than chopping up and hacking to death the original? It’s just painful.

“Not Giving Up” – Skip it.

“Getting Out” – Skip it.

“Water and a Flame” f/Adele – Adele steals Merriweather’s thunder. Wow. She is amazing. Too bad he didn’t just hand the entire song over to her. She proves why she is such a huge star. Merriweather tries to manage, but he can’t get the power back.

“Live By Night” – Painful.

“Give Everything Away for Free” – It’s pretty, but is lacking a hook that makes you want to sing it over and over again.

“The Children” – Didn’t Michael Jackson make 50 songs like this? 49 of which weren’t much better.

Frankly:
Daniel Merriweather tries really hard to do what Oasis did. Oasis took the elements of the Beatles and revamped them and stole the best pieces for their own songs. Merriweather tries to do the same with Motown. The difference is that Oasis actually wrote songs worth of being classics. Merriweather doesn’t have one track that could sit side-by-side with any great Motown hit.

Daniel Merriweather announces tour with Corinne Bailey Rae

Daniel Merriweather
Australian singer and songwriter Daniel Merriweather has been selected as the opening act for Corinne Bailey Rae’s upcoming North American tour which kicks off April 9th in Vancouver, BC.

This tour comes on the heels of the US release of Merriweather’s much-anticipated debut album, LOVE & WAR, on February 23, 2010 (J Records).

Daily Variety declared “there was no doubt that a new star was born” at his first Los Angeles show and stated “Merriweather wowed a packed house at the Troubadour, where such legends as Elton John broke in the U.S. And if the strength of Merriweather’s debut disc, ‘Love and War’ — long on stylistic ambition and old-school instrumentation — is any indication, Merriweather’s West Coast maiden voyage could achieve similar historic significance.”

Daniel has been garnering global recognition for his musical artistry and songwriting talent as he builds towards the US release of LOVE & WAR. He’s been nominated for the 2010 Brit Award for Best International Breakthrough Act, has won the ARIA Award (Australia’s “Grammys”) for Best Male Artist, nominated for two European Music Awards and is VH1’s “You Oughta Know” featured artist, which premiered on February 1st with his debut single “Red.”

Already an enormous hit in the UK, LOVE & WAR, debuted at #2 on the British album chart over the summer and both his album and single “Red” have been certified platinum. LOVE & WAR has been called “one of the debuts of the, well, century” with “the potential to be a genre-crossing monster” by the UK’s Daily Mirror , “a handsomely crafted retro-soul affair ” by the Los Angeles Times and “an orgasm for your ears” by no less a harbinger of big things to come than Perez Hilton.

Other press raves include Q calling Merriweather a “retro-popster primed for chart glory,” Uncut’s 4 star album review, and Music Week’s offering “truly jaw-dropping stuff.” The Guardian calls Merriweather “indisputably soulful” and The Daily Telegraph writes “his rich, trembling soulful voice, melodic flow, and horse percussive stabs call to mind the Fifties idol Dion crossed with Otis Redding.”

The album’s first single “Red,” certified platinum, was #2 most-played song in the UK and debuted Top 5 on the Singles chart, and features stellar guitar work from Sean Lennon and Harper Simon. Another album highlight includes “Water and a Flame” — a sultry duet with Grammy Award-winning soul singer Adele.

Merriweather is also known as the remarkably soulful voice behind “Stop Me” (a standout track from DJ/producer Mark Ronson’s eclectic album Version that went to #1 on the UK’s airplay chart), the 27-year-old Melbourne native firmly establishes himself as a solo artist in his own right on LOVE & WAR, which pulses with ’60s soul keyboards and horns, warm textures of acoustic and electric guitar, and cinematic string arrangements, all anchored by Merriweather’s combustible vocals.

For more information, music, etc., please visit www.danielmerriweather.com.

Daniel Merriweather tour dates opening for Corinne Bailey Rae:

4/9 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

4/11 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre

4/12 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre

4/15 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom

4/22 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre

4/28 Montreal, QC Club Soda

4/30 Boston, MA House Of Blues

5/1 Philadelphia, PA TLA

5/3 New York, NY Webster Hall

5/11 Atlanta, GA Center Stage

5/13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

5/14 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live

Daniel Merriweather to release “Love & War” in U.S.

Daniel Merriweather
Daniel Merriweather
Australian singer and songwriter Daniel Merriweather will release his debut album, entitled Love & War, in the U.S. out this fall on J Records/Allido Records. Already an enormous hit in the UK, where it debuted at #2 on the British album chart this week, Love & War has been called “one of the debuts of the, well, century” with “the potential to be a genre-crossing monster” by the UK’s Daily Mirror and “an orgasm for your ears” by no less a harbinger of big things to come than Perez Hilton. Other UK press raves include Q declaring Merriweather a “retro-popster primed for chart glory,” Uncut’s 4 star album review, and Music Week’s offering “truly jaw-dropping stuff.” The Guardian calls Merriweather “indisputably soulful” and The Daily Telegraph writes “his rich, trembling soulful voice, melodic flow, and horse percussive stabs call to mind the Fifties idol Dion crossed with Otis Redding.”

His current UK single from Love & War, “Red,” is currently the #2 most-played song in the UK and debuted Top 5 on the Singles chart, and features stellar guitar work from Sean Lennon and Harper Simon (Paul’s son). The first UK single, “Change” (featuring rapper Wale) peaked at #3 on the British airplay chart, debuted Top 10 on the Singles chart, and is currently a Top 10 hit in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. The album also features “Water and a Flame” — a sultry duet with Grammy Award-winning soul singer Adele.

Though Merriweather may be best known in the U.S. as the remarkably soulful voice behind “Stop Me” (a standout track from DJ/producer Mark Ronson’s eclectic album Version that went to #1 on the UK’s airplay chart), the 27-year-old Melbourne native firmly establishes himself as a solo artist in his own right on Love & War, which pulses with gritty hip-hop beats, ’60s soul keyboards and horns, warm textures of acoustic and electric guitar, and cinematic string arrangements, all anchored by Merriweather’s combustible vocals.

Love & War is also a showcase for Merriweather’s considerable songwriting talents. He wrote nearly every song on the album with various musician friends, and then presented his compositions to Ronson (who produced the album) and his backing band, The Dap Kings (of Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings), who also played on Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black and Ronson’s Version. “For this album, it’s as if I took all of my influences, shook them up in a box, and came up with a bunch of songs that I think stand away from any one particular genre,” Merriweather says. “I’m as inspired by Q-Tip and A Tribe Called Quest as I am by Vivaldi, Stevie Wonder, Jeff Buckley, or D’Angelo. There are artists who are archivists—they make music directly derived from music they love. I make music by subconsciously blending things I’ve heard throughout my life.”

For more about this exciting newcomer, including audio and video clips, and photos, please visit www.danielmerriweather.com.

The track-listing for Love & War is as follows:

“For Your Money”

“Impossible”

“Change” (featuring Wale)

“Chainsaw”

“Cigarettes”

“Red”

“Could You”

“Not Giving Up”

“Getting Out”

“Water And A Flame” (featuring Adele)

“Live By Night”

“Giving Everything Away For Free”