Review of You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You by James Arthur
Now before this review kicks off, lets be 100%. I was never James Arthur‘s biggest fan, either as a person or of his talent on X Factor. If you think this could cause bias, feel free to click away.
Dubbed as the most credible winner of the X Factor since Leona Lewis, much is expected of James Arthur. Whilst I wasn’t his biggest fan, he did offer something different to the likes of Rylan, Same Difference and Wagner. The guy seems like he can write a song, tries to sing in his own style and believe it or not can play an instrument. Arthur launched on to the recorded music scene, with the obligatory cover that all X Factor winners now seem to do. Sure enough number one secured.
So You’re Nobody Til Somebody Loves You, James Arthur‘s first original recorded piece of music would be a credible, slightly edgy pop record, right? Well frankly no, wrong.
An attempt at an old jass/motown/blues backing track at the start (which sounds OK) is intercepted by some rough heavy distorted beat. This is joined by traditional X Factor female diva chorus. Then cue Arthur’s vocal. The most ironic thing is Gary Barlow has taken the mick of a couple of contestants auditioning and their broken attempts to extend a note. Well move over auditionees, James Arthur brings that to life in the track.
The levels to the backing track are unclear, too busy and too loud. Even if James Arthur was delivering a flawless vocal (which incidentally you wouldn’t know given the treatment on his voice) you wouldn’t be able to tell due to the level of the backing track and the apparent low level given to his voice.
The lyrics and vocal in the verses are frankly boring and you want to switch off. With all this being said, James Arthur will have a hook. Simon Cowell’s influence is prevalent, as the chorus has a catchy hook and the lyrics are repetitive. All of this and with the promotion engine of X Factor, James Arthur will have a hit. Would he or this track have got such traction were it not for his route to fame? No, I very much doubt it.
I feel James Arthur has compromised himself a lot on this track. Granted it doesn’t sound like a track from an X Factor winner, but it doesn’t sound like James Arthur either. I think I would rather stick pickled onions in my ears than listen to this again.
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