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CD REVIEW: Morph- 'Morphsville'
By Steve Allat - 05/18/2004 - 01:30 AM EDT

Artist: Morph
Album: 'Morphsville'
CD Review: Label: Independent
Tracks: 12
Released: 2003
For Fans Of:: Crowded House, Oasis, Coldplay, Population, Hootie & the Blowfish
Fav Tracks: *Butterfly, Beautiful Lies.
*denotes radio-friendly

Morph is currently a 7-piece band, although it's hard to tell. Their melodic brand of folk pop sounds deceivingly simple and yet all of the parts count, as you'll be able to tell when you listen.

The majority of this CD, the culmination of years of playing and touring the UK with various lineups, is a solid set of tunes that you can tell have been around for a while. The backbone of the band may be founding members Richard and Steven Stewart, but the strong sound they have is due to the smooth vocals that Collie Stewart delivers consistently throughout.

The tunes are mostly mid-tempo, an easy pace to take, but it almost lulls you into a sense of complacency now and again, sounding a little bit 'everyday'. What saves them from becoming that are strongly melodic sounds wrapped around Collie's great vocals.

If there's a weakness here at all, I'd have to say that I think these guys can make what is already a good sound, a great sound by reinforcing their strong melodies with a bit more interest in the music behind the voice (including harmonies).

That said, I could sit back and listen to this CD anytime. Excellent production and good sound round out a solid offering. I expect them to continue to do well promoting this CD and I expect even more in the near future.

Contact: Management
Website: Morsphville

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