Review by Josh Maun
The album provides a great mix between smooth acoustics and mature vocal harmonies from such a young musician. Summer soundtracks are always valuable, something to guide you through the hectic summer times and this album has all the markings to be a great backdrop to any summer.
At time the album is mature to a point that belies McCorriston’s age with view points and vulnerabilities put across in ways that reach far beyond his life experience.
“Anthem of Discretion” opens the album, immediately marking Joe’s vocal ability with tidy harmony and catchy guitar. The vocals continue to be tuneful, fitting well with the accompanying acoustic guitar, which echoes the inspiration drawn from folk hero Bob Dylan. The lyrics are written to accommodate some pretty well constructed rhyming pairs and further demonstrate the potential of this budding gem. One line that stands out bares reference to a person Britons love to hate: “not being told to get fucked by Margret Thatcher, I wasn’t there, So I don’t care” Showing attitude and a knack for a catchy line screams promise.
The second track “Save Me” keeps the tempo up, along with the quality. The thoughtful writing shines through on this track “there are many streets for you to go, just some of them may well be slow, that’s just the way it goes.”
A longer musical intro brings you nicely into the next track with a great folky feel to it provided by the lovely played violin/fiddle. The vocals then kick in bringing a more contemporary feel yet still with the country vibe. The song does seem to be a typical “pack my bags get on the next train” track hence the name “See Ya.” As well as the lyrical expertise, McCorriston shows his ability to add twinkles and sparkles which add extra magic, for instance the musical interlude and a solo from the violin/fiddle featured in the intro are gold.
“Haven’t got all day” comes fourth with a light sounding guitar seemingly ebbing and flowing alongside a relaxed drum beat played between the symbols and the snare, giving a Jack Johnson-esque touch. Contrary to the title, this track does make you feel as though you have all day, thanks to the smooth vocals and slower pace. Joe does bare reference to this with his lines, “throw your mind away, to a better place, one with no regrets, where you move at your own pace,” recurring throughout the song. Cider, Ice and this sounds like a proper mix.
As with all things English anything sunny soon turns dark and this album proves no exception with “Stay Silent.” The deeper chords and harsher strumming tear away from the light feel of the previous track and delve into a more emotional sounding track. This track also breaks from the acoustic feel with backing from a slightly distorted electric guitar, giving a bigger, heavier rock ballad sound.
Lifting the tone of the album back up “Pull Me Through” glides in with a meandering feel to it. The track describes the feeling of belief through times of insecurity and the lyrics “no matter where I’m going I know I tried my best” harking the message to a certain someone who’s help he needs to get him through his tough time. It is definitely another feel good song, fuelled by inspirational words and lyricism without being too clichéd. The vocals throughout this track are the main feature and as per are flawless.
“You’re Better” delivers just that, the high notes in this track also show the range of Joe’s unquestionable vocal ability. The guitar is a faster pace for this track providing a melody that will definitely get heads bopping and the repetition of “Sooooo I think that You’re Better” is hard to not get stuck in your head.
“Injected” shows us pain and trouble with a beautiful way of putting it across and “They Won’t Believe You”, brings the return of his trusty guitar combined with a harshness in the way some of the vocals are delivered which makes it feel pure and brings the cracks of emotion to the surface.
To end the album is “Dismantled Chord.” It picks up the tone of the record after a deep few songs and again the strumming harks of a folky style tone. Raw vocal talent stands out again and a most impressive debut is rounded off superbly.
Morecambe’s prodigious talent impresses with his full-length debut which is spiky and energetic thanks to the couplets and poetry punched right through its heart. Gorgeous music for any place at any time.