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Eliot Morris
What's Mine Is Yours
Universal Motown Records

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.

-Susan Frances

Track Listing:
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
8. Anyway
9. Will She Ever Fall In Love Again
10. Novocain
11 Love Rescue Me

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