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Olly Murs Scores His Fourth Number 1 Album with 24 HRS
   2017-01-06 11:11:25    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Ling



Anchor: Hello and welcome to another edition of Music+, where we explore music and more. I'm Wang Ling. 24 Hrs is the newly-released album by English recording artist Olly Murs. As the most successful second-place winner of The X-Factor in 2009, the British reality television competition to find new singing talent, Murs has solidified his status as one of Britain's top male pop stars with this fifth release as well his fourth Number 1 album.

Murs has revealed that he wrote or co-wrote many of the songs for the album after breaking up with long-time girlfriend Francesca Thomas, and he believes his new songs are more mature and revealing. Apparently a break-up album, 24 Hrs has a couple of heart-tearers like the title track and Love You More.
The title track is immersed in a dark, electronic atmosphere as he sings "Thanks for finally letting me know that you're letting me go". In the track, Love You More, Olly confesses with regret and pain: "If you could see me now from the inside out / You'd see the wreckage of a man trying to find a way out."

We may find Olly Murs at his lowest points emotionally on 24 Hrs; the lyrics are soul-baring and the general mood down-trodden, but it's not a wallow in misery. 24 Hrs sticks firmly to Murs's rigid but winning formula and it's pop pleasantness personified.
You Don't Know Love, the lead single of the album, is Murs' catharsis of angst where he declares "It's about me and not about you" and "you don't know love."

The song we just heard is You Don't Know Love off Olly Murs' fifth release, 24 Hrs. This stonking banger peaked at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart. Another of the UK top-forty single from the album is Grow Up, which is also one of the standout moments among the collection.
The acoustic ballad strays from the rest of 24 HRS, replacing synthetic riffs with a stripped down electric guitar. This guitar-led ditty showcases Murs' vocals while pokes fun at the immaturity of an ex-girlfriend, begging her, "Know you gotta grow up / Ain't you sick of being immature?"

What we just heard is Grow Up from Olly Murs' latest release, 24Hrs. Neil Young of AllMusic gave the album 3 and a half stars in his review stating "24 Hrs continues Olly Murs maturation, shedding some of his former pop/rock sound in favor of tighter dance-pop sheen and deeper lyrical content¡­ Produced by Steve Robson, the album is worthwhile based on the strength of single "You Don't Know Love" alone. That infectious track -- as well as the elastic "Unpredictable" -- sounds like something off Carly Rae Jepsen's wonderful E-MO-TION...Ultimately, 24 Hrs is comforting and reassuring in its ability to lift the spirits, healing broken hearts through dance therapy."
Unpredictable is an upbeat club-ready number; the tune starts off with an immediately memorable riff which effortlessly transitions into the verse.

The song we just heard is Unpredictable from Olly Murs' fifth release, 24 Hrs. Plenty of aspiring singers have received their first break-through on The X Factor, but few have matched the staying power of Olly Murs.
All four of his previous studio albums have sold upwards of 800,000 copies in the UK alone, with two of them passing the million sales mark and three of them topping the charts. He's also scored 16 Top 40 singles with several of them certified platinum.
Murs is an accomplished vocalist, while his ongoing success also owes as much to his enthusiasm and infectious personality. As he talked of 24 Hrs as a break-up album, it is still a feel-good collection from a pop craftsman with broad appeal, slickly helmed by an experienced backroom team that includes former Busted producer Steve Robson and American songwriter Claude Kelly.
Back Around is an anthem with earworm melody and catchy lyrics co-written by Claude Kelly.

We may find Olly Murs at his lowest points emotionally on 24 Hrs, but it results in some of the biggest songs of his career so far. When it comes to dealing with heartache, they always say it's better to talk about it than keep it bottled up. Luckily for Olly, he's poured out plenty of pop gold.
To wrap up the show, here is Years&Years, an expansive mid-tempo ode to everlasting love off the album. To revisit our show, log on to our website, Newsplusradio.cn. You can also check the latest releases and tour information on our weibo page; weibo.com/crimusicplus. You can also email us at crimusicplus@qq.com.
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