Album Review: Rae Morris – Unguarded

Rae Morris unleashes her Spellbinding debut album carving her own brand of Coldplay-esque rush-to-the-head pop, an album fans have been patiently yearning since they heard 'Don’t Go' all the way back in 2012.

The album kicks off with 'Skin' which from the beginning lets you know all about the unique vocal talent of the 21 year old Morris as all that is underneath the vocal at the beginning of this track is a music box style piano. 'Under The Shadows' is a more upbeat production with a strong beat running throughout the song. 'Closer' blends the first two songs styles perfectly building from the almost haunting approach of 'Skin' and the more dance vibe of 'Under The Shadows'. Unguarded's first three songs are as strong an opening trio as Morris could hope for.

‘Unguarded’ in the middle of the album stands out with its huge chorus and mellow beginning. It’s the sort of track that will give you goosebumps no matter what type of music you are listening to. Before this 2012 track ‘Don’t Go’ reappears in a new recording but the bare and beauty of the original is kept at the core.

‘Do You Even Know?’ soon follows and is one of the best tracks on the Blackpool natives debut. It is one of the more creative and ambitious songs on the album with its incredibly danceable drive throughout. This type of track helps to showcase the variety that Rae Morris has in her bag of tricks. ‘This Time’ is one of the stand out tracks near the finish of the album. Rae captures the vulnerability that her voice can encapsulate on this track just like on 'Don't Go'.

The only track that feels a bit lacklustre is 'Cold' featuring Fryars. It has a sense of that generic chart dance-pop song that seems to be everywhere at the minute. This track is still saved by the quirk of Morris' voice that stops it from falling into the ever building pile of generic chart songs that we are all too familiar with.

The Wait from 2012 for Rae Morris fans has undoubtedly been worth it as Unguarded delivers on the promise of being a creatively lead pop album that gives Morris the potential to become the new cherished songwriter of the British public's hearts.

Check out the official video for 'Under The Shadows' below:

Ciaran O'Brien

Founder of The OB, Ciaran is also a cameraman and video editor that has an obsession with all things music. He created The OB Sessions in 2014 and set up The OB Blog in 2015.

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