My pick this week may seem unlikely as Olly Murs isn’t exactly the type of artist I would associate my musical taste with. Truthfully, I don’t find Never Been Better any different from his previous records so I guess you could say that he’s found his niche in the industry but as far as the album at hand is concerned, Seasons is a definite standout for me. A brilliant one at that, too.
Listen to the slowed down version of the song on Murs’ official Vevo channel:
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I particularly enjoy the reggae touch in this song, which is a pleasant change from Murs’ usual samey-samey Pop beats. The grooves immediately brought to my mind something that Maroon 5 would do in their earlier years – the good times.
Before the track made it onto the album, the X-Factor alumni reportedly did a cyber audition for the hitmaker verging on legendary status, Ryan Tedder, who also provides background vocals here. The OneRepublic frontman clearly didn’t select Murs to record this song for no reason. As usual, I feel Tedder has yet again brought the best out of an artist as the improvement in Murs’ vocals is pretty clear to hear.
This track’s got all the attributes of a chart-topper – it’s super catchy, very very radio-friendly and I can already visualise a fun and energetic music video (Heart Skips A Beat) for it. Plus, it’s loaded with immense rent-a-rapper potential to become a solid hit in the States so I’d be very surprised if this doesn’t follow the Demi Lovato-duet “Up” as a single.