Lewis Watson is just one of the many talented, young, twenty-somethings from the UK making their mark on the music industry. After growing his fan-base from the youtubeland up, and having released three Eps, Lewis Watson has finally released his first full length album The Morning. Sounding like the lovechild of Ed Sheeran and John Legend, Lewis Watson's melancholy, whimsical songwriting promises great things. His Eps were fantastic, but The Morning truly shows how Watson has grown as a musician.
The opening track Stones Around the Sun combines Watson's usual folk, acoustics with just enough synch to make it into something new. The song is a strong and convincing opening, drawing the listener in with quiet beginnings and building slowly. New tracks Holding On, and Stay are great new additions, along with old songs from his EPs. Old track (from his EP of the same name) Into the Wild is perhaps the strongest on the album, both simple and poetic. Outgrow is a gorgeous song about the tragedy of growing old. The album weakens slightly (but only slightly) near the end with Close and Sink or Swim which are let down by weak vocals and lack-lustre instrumentation. This is not due to a lack of talent on Watson's part, just a lack of passion. Watson's vocals and songwriting are just good enough to make his art unique, however, something is wanting. Watson's debut is charming and enjoyable, but after awhile his music is just a little too sweet and too unoffensive to be really innovative. However, closing track Castle Street reminds the listener why Lewis Watson has a recording contract. An artist is only as good as his/her second album and this is, at the end of the day, a very promising beginning. After all, he's only 21 you guys!
To sum up The Morning is worth a purchase. If you don't feel like forking out $9.99, Spotify has the goods.