You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You by James Arthur (Review)

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.

Review of James Arthur Youre Nobody Til Somebody Loves You

Review of James Arthur Youre Nobody Til Somebody Loves You

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.

Let us know what you think of You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You.  Are we being too harsh or do you agree?  Let us know by adding a comment below, tweeting us @MusicEyz or posting a comment on the Music Eyz Facebook page.

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4 thoughts on “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You by James Arthur (Review)

  1. Well, author of this piece. Not willing to put your mane to your opinion? I find that strange and I find your opinion biased. This is exactly what I expected of James Arthur – an original track (brave for your first release out from under the x factor influence) and more rock based than pop based. Well done, James!

    • Thanks for your comment Alex, most welcome. Unfortunately the author of the post doesn’t have a mane.

      At the end of the day, we often don’t have author’s names on the pieces, on good or bad critiques. However, as editor I accept responsibility for everything on the site, sadly, I agree with the views expressed within the post.

  2. I don’t think I’ve read a review that I disagree with more. I know personal tastes differ, but I found the criticism unfounded, unfair and contrived.. Oh, and before anyone pipes up, I am not an X-Factor fan, and had not seen/heard of James Arthur before the single came out. I thought the vocals were excellent, and the song feels a fusion between Gospel, Jazz, and Pop/Rock which works really well. It’s true that quite a few artists “over-sing” certain songs – I don’t think that applies in this song; but again tastes differ. I also don’t think the backing intrudes or obscures the vocal.

    I’m bored with the usual anti-Simon Cowell comment. Has it become so important to hate him that anyone associated with him is “bad” irrespective?

    In conclusion, I really like the song, and the delivery. The lyrics aren’t going to set the world on fire, but shall we have a quick look at the charts to compare? I don’t think you’ll find any Wordsworth in the current crop. A good track, by a good artist that I’m looking forwards to hearing more from.

    • Hi D Murray, thank for the thoughtful and well put together comment. Firstly apologies that you disagree with the review was unfair. However, I do think you hit the nail on the head when you rightly stated “personal tastes differ”, this is what makes music so interesting, creates passion and debate.

      I am not sure the review has any “anti-Simon Cowell comment” in it. In fact, we are probably slightly unusual in the sense we actually quite like Simon Cowell. We have also been supportive of other acts in his shows (X Factor and BGT) see reviews for JLS, Luminites etc.

      I do accept the Wordsworth comparison though and the comments about nobody being particularly on the scale of literature luminaries. However, comparing anybody in music to one of the greatest craftsman of the English language is flawed. Do any of the current Top 10 players create strong credible lyrics? I would argue yes, look at Eminem for instance.

      In short, love the comment and love the opportunity for discussion it creates. I have to say the track has warmed on me, but I still stand by the original review and sentiment.

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