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Friday 25 April 2014

Olly has the right place and, this time, the right songs

Olly Murs

Right Place, Right Time

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The winner of the latest, ratings-dropping series of The X Factor, James Arthur, shouldn't feel too pleased with himself. Often, it's the runner-up who goes on to enjoy a more substantial career.

Just think of One Direction who were beaten by Matt Cardle two years ago – the boyband have become the biggest manufactured pop group currently bestriding the globe while the drab pub singer has just released a second album that nobody appears to have heard.

Olly Murs finished runner-up to Joe McElderry in 2009 and right now, thanks to this third album, the Essex lad is sitting atop the UK album charts having managed to keep Christmas specialist Michael Bublé off the number one spot.

And, he's there for good reason: this is – shock, horror – a pretty decent pop album that should throw off those reality TV shackles once and for all.

There are no shortage of well-crafted up-tempo pop numbers, including the guilty pleasure of What A Buzz, as well as Will Young-style ballads that are far more palatable than you might imagine.

The album was recorded in the US and it boasts a spring and bounce that was lacking from his two previous efforts.

The new direction is especially evident on Troublemaker, featuring Flo Rida, which has confirmed Murs' domination of the UK charts. It's a number one single for the second consecutive week.

KEY TRACKS What A Buzz

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