By Renee Etcheberria |Staff Writer|
Matthew Morrison took a well-deserved summer leave from the Glee Club to release his self-titled album on May 10.
Morrison‘s solo album is jam-packed with star-studded duets. He collaborates with just the right people to make this album a hit, including both original songs and covers.
The world renowned Sir Elton John harmonizes with Morrison on “Mona Lisas, Mad Hatters/Rocket Man” to create a song that can easily be listened to more than once. It is a mix of some of John’s most well-known songs.
One of the tracks that Morrison expressed as one of his favorites is his pairing with Gwyneth Paltrow on “Somewhere over the Rainbow.” This rendition has a soothing and soft sound that takes you back to being young again.
If two duets with some the industry’s biggest names are not enough to make this album worth listening to, then tune into the upbeat dance song “Don’t Stop Dancing.” The dance number features former N’Sync member JC Chasez.
This album has an overall upbeat, feel-good sound, and his first single “Summer Rain” proves this to be true. It portrays what it feels like to be young and in love.
The song has a resemblance to Jason Mraz, and as Morrison strums his ukulele he brings a tropical feel to the song.
Under Mercury Records, Morrison created a contemporary pop album which strayed from his original intent of creating a “Justin Timberlake meets Michael Buble” kind of sound.
Morrison has gained notoriety from his work on the Broadway show “Hairspray,” and most recently his role as Mr. Schuster on Fox’s hit show “Glee.”
“Glee” has become one of the top entertainment shows on television, creating a built-in fan base for Morrison.
According to an article in People magazine, Morrison expressed that he wanted to stay away from creating just another “Glee” album. However, a majority of the tracks have strong harmonies and familiar background singing that give it the very vibe he was trying to avoid.
Although some songs show originality, Morrison does showcase Broadway roots reminiscent of many “Glee” ballads.
Along with the debut of his album, Morrison also announced a 22-date U.S. tour, which followed his recent announcement that he postponed to be the opening act for the upcoming New Kids on the Block/Backstreet Boys tour.
“This was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” said Morisson to Billboard.com.
For more information visit his website, matthew-morrison.net, or follow him on twitter at @matthew_morrison.