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info opinion

Mike Morris

"What Have I Done?" CD


Genres: singer / songwriter, acoustic rock, folk

Jan 10 - 16 2005

Every once in awhile, it's nice to listen to a pleasant little singer/songwriter folk project like Mike Morris' What Have I Done?  His songs may not be full of ground-breaking brilliance, but they make for a nice, acoustic diversion for that relaxing evening at home.  Morris takes cues from just about genre on folk's map of influences; we can hear Americana, country, and pop all embedded in the sound.  What Have I Done? has a very uplifting, positive vibe to it, which works well - but Morris rarely deviates from his relaxed vibe.  The image on the album's back, of a flat, empty country highway (with Morris hitchhiking), feels like the perfect backdrop for the album's calm, Americana-influenced style.

"If You Could Be Anyone" and "The Only One" are two of my favourite songs on this album; the former, in particular, is a loose, almost funky acoustic folk song filled with Morris' characteristically entertaining lyrics.  There are also a few uncharacteristic songs on this album, including the Jamiroquai-influenced acoustic groove-folk of "Mrs. Hadley."  Overall, the songs on What Have I Done? aren't that catchy, but they've got a distinct sound and a comfortable, home-cooked feel.  As far as self-released acoustic projects go, this is definitely among the genre's better material.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 12 tracks, distributed by the artist, released 2005]