"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.
12 tracks, distributed by the
artist, released 2005]