Eliot Morris' debut album on Universal Motown Records
What's Mine Is Yours is a comfortable ride of pop/rock
sails and lush dowries of mandolin, steel guitar, and piano umbras
with tints of consoling vocals, cozy acoustics, and soliloquies
of electric projectiles. The songs are sophisticated and yet accessible
to the masses with similar tonality to Train and Edwin
McCain. Morris' musical tapestries, produced by Tony Berg,
display degrees of fluttering motions with a melodic dichotomy
that is aurally regale and stylistically refined and sincere with
a Mindy Smith-style poetry.
The songs carry a natural flow with emotional weights entrusted
in the soothing tenor vapors of Morris. The songs are composed
from individual fragments that when sewn together form a lisle
of melodically-sequined tunes that are sonically comforting. The
female vocal harmonies with Morris on the number "No One
Has To Know" are beautifully twined as they saunter along
piano trestles and guitar ringlets. The songs have a human quality
like they welcome people from all walks of life and relate to
these people. In that way, they have a Five For Fighting
vibe as they work their way into the souls of the listeners. The
music is all around invigorating and substantially expressive
like the tuneful "Anyway." The tangy mandolin nodes
on "Will She Ever Fall In Love Again" are elegant and
fluent with an Alison Krauss and Union Station drapery.
The lyrical content is life-like with reflections of episodes
people face each day, like in the bluesy setting for the song
"Novocain" as Morris' vocals linger over: "Watching
the evening news/ Fuel to sing the blues/ Baby what's the world
coming to/ Hatred, it's sad to say is common as the day/ Baby
I need to get away/ Baby pass me the Novocain."
Morris explores the musical routes of blues, folk, pop/rock,
and country/bluegrass glens and does a fine job of steering
their blooms from the upbeat classic rock rollicking of "Balancing
The World" to the breezy rowing glides on "I Will
Try." His songs have a sense of appreciation for the world
around him with a panoramic view like shown on "This Colorful
World." His multiple musical tastes have a nonjudgmental
perception and open his songs to having liberty in their expressions.
Eliot Morris' songwriting roots are firmly planted in Alabama
with influences from Nashville to the Mid-West, and from California
to New York's folk/rock set. Morris is like a sponge that takes
in extracts from the elements around him. He has formed a batch
of melodically strewn tunes that loop scenes from life, taken
from his and your own life without ever even knowing you. What's
Mine Is Yours has a genuineness that indulges the songs with
an emotional attraction and aural pleasantry.
1. The Infant Of Us
2. Balancing The World
3. Fault Line
4. The Moment You Believe
5. No One Has To Know
6. This Colorful World
7. I Will Try
9. Will She Ever Fall In Love Again
11 Love Rescue Me
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