Songs for You, Truths for Me

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Songs for You, Truths for Me
Studio album by James Morrison
Released 26 September 2008
Genre Pop rock, soft rock
Length 45:44
Label Polydor
Producer Eg White, Steve Robson, John Shanks, Mark Taylor, Ryan Tedder, Martin Terefe
James Morrison chronology
Undiscovered
(2006)
Songs for You, Truths for Me
(2008)
The Awakening
(2011)
Singles from Songs for You, Truths for Me
  1. "You Make It Real"
    Released: 22 September 2008
  2. "Broken Strings"
    Released: 8 December 2008
  3. "Please Don't Stop the Rain"
    Released: 30 March 2009
  4. "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You"
    Released: 23 July 2009 (UK & Europe)
  5. "Get to You"
    Released: 16 November 2009

Songs for You, Truths for Me is the second album by English singer, songwriter and guitarist James Morrison, released on 26 September 2008.[1] The album was a commercial success in the UK where it entered the album charts at number three and in Ireland where it topped the charts. It has been certified double Platinum by the BPI with over 700,000 sales and has sold more than 1 million of copies worldwide.[citation needed]

Album information[edit]

On 29 September 2008, Morrison's second album entitled Songs for You, Truths for Me was released. In the writing process for this album he worked with Dan Wilson, Ryan Tedder, Martin Terefe, Martin Brammer, Chris Braide and Steve Robson. The album also features a duet with Nelly Furtado entitled "Broken Strings", co-written with Fraser T Smith and Nina Woodford. From October 2008 until the end of the year Morrison has toured throughout Europe. When talking about the album at 4Music Presents, Morrison stated that the music had 'moved on' a lot from the first album but that not to the point where fans of his previous album wouldn't be able to 'get it'.[2]

The album was re-released on 16 November 2009, featuring two brand new tracks: "On the Same Side" and "Get to You" (which was the first single of the re-issue of the album and was released on the same day) and a second disc, The Basement Sessions, with acoustic versions of six of his own songs and a Michael Jackson cover "Man in the Mirror".[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
BBC Music (Positive)[5]
The Times 2/5 stars[6]
The Guardian 1/5 stars[7]
Digital Spy 2/5 stars[8]
MTV Asia (7/10)[9]

The album received negative to mixed reviews from the critics.[citation needed]

Chart performance[edit]

Songs for You, Truths for Me was released on the 12 September 2008. The album entered the UK Album Chart at number three, being held off the top two spots by new albums from the Kings Of Leon and Will Young. The album was not a huge success initially and dropped out of the top ten after three weeks. The album made a gradual descent down the chart until the release of the second single of the album, "Broken Strings". Following the success of the single, the album steadily rose back up the charts before jumping from number twenty-four back into the top ten, reaching number seven. The album then went to number four and has been certified Platinum by the BPI with over 300,000 sales.[citation needed]

The album was a commercial success in Ireland as well. It entered the Irish Album Chart at number fourteen before dropping off the chart completely after a couple of weeks. Then, following the success of "Broken Strings" the album re-entered the chart at number seventy-three and rose through the charts until it leaped from number fourteen to number one, giving Songs for You, Truths for Me its first number one chart placing where it stayed for one week.

The album came back to the Top 10 Albums on the UK Albums Chart, as of 30 August, which gave the album big sales again, eventually selling over 750,000 copies in UK alone.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All songs written and composed by James Morrison, additional writers are noted. 

No. Title Additional writer(s) Length
1. "The Only Night"   Martin Terefe 3:37
2. "Save Yourself"   Chris Braide, Steve Robson, Wayne Hector 3:01
3. "You Make It Real"   Paul Barry 3:31
4. "Please Don't Stop the Rain"   Ryan Tedder 3:54
5. "Broken Strings" (featuring Nelly Furtado) Fraser T Smith, Nina Woodford 4:10
6. "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You"   Barry, Mark Taylor 3:51
7. "Once When I Was Little"   Dan Wilson, Terefe 4:42
8. "Precious Love"   John Shanks 3:37
9. "If You Don't Wanna Love Me"   Martin Brammer, Steve Robson 4:15
10. "Fix the World Up for You"   Brammer, Robson 3:35
11. "Dream on Hayley"   Francis White 3:33
12. "Love Is Hard"   Brammer, Robson 3:53
13. "Sitting on a Platform" (bonus track) White 3:05

Deluxe edition CD+DVD[edit]

A deluxe edition of the album was released with an additional DVD on 24 November 2008.

All songs written and composed by James Morrison, additional writers are noted. 

Deluxe edition DVD: Live at Air Studios
No. Title Additional writer(s) Length
1. "Broken Strings"   Smith, Woodford  
2. "If You Don't Wanna Love Me"   Martin Brammer, Steve Robson  
3. "Once When I Was Little"   Wilson, Terefe  
4. "Please Don't Stop the Rain"   Tedder  
5. "Precious Love"   Shanks  
6. "Save Yourself"   Braide, Steve Robson, Hector  
7. "You Make It Real"   Barry  

2-disc deluxe edition[edit]

Another deluxe edition of the album was released on 16 November 2009, with two new songs on disc one, and a seven track disc with acoustic versions of Morrison songs, and a Michael Jackson cover version.[10][11]

All songs written and composed by James Morrison, additional writers are noted. 

Disc one
No. Title Additional writer(s) Length
1. "The Only Night"   Terefe 3:37
2. "Get to You"   Fraser T Smith, Nina Woodford 3:33
3. "You Make It Real"   Barry 3:31
4. "Broken Strings" (featuring Nelly Furtado) Smith, Woodford 4:10
5. "On the Same Side"   Steve Robson, Martin Brammer 4:07
6. "Nothing Ever Hurt Like You"   Barry, Taylor 3:51
7. "Please Don't Stop the Rain"   Tedder 3:54
8. "Save Yourself"   Braide, Steve Robson, Hector 3:01
9. "Once When I Was Little"   Wilson, Terefe 4:42
10. "Precious Love"   Shanks 3:37
11. "If You Don't Wanna Love Me"   Brammer, Steve Robson 4:15
12. "Fix the World Up for You"   Brammer, Steve Robson 3:35
13. "Dream on Hayley"   White 3:33
14. "Love Is Hard"   Brammer, Steve Robson 3:53
Disc two: The Basement Sessions
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Make It Real" (acoustic version) Morrison, Barry 3:45
2. "Once When I Was Little" (acoustic version) Morrison, Wilson, Terefe 5:03
3. "If You Don't Wanna Love Me" (acoustic version) Morrison, Brammer, Steve Robson 4:19
4. "You Give Me Something" (acoustic version) Morrison, White 4:40
5. "Broken Strings" (acoustic version) Morrison, Smith, Woodford 4:44
6. "Wonderful World" (acoustic version) Morrison, White 3:28
7. "Man in the Mirror" (acoustic version) Siedah Garrett, Glen Ballard 4:04

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak[12] Certification Sales
Australian Albums Chart 21
Austrian Albums Chart 26
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 27
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 44
Danish Albums Chart 17
Dutch Albums Chart 11
French Albums Chart 35
German Albums Chart 13
Japanese Albums Chart[13] 180 3,300[14]
Irish Albums Chart 1
Italian Albums Chart 33 Silver 25,000+
New Zealand Albums Chart 19
Polish Albums Chart 36
Spanish Albums Chart 55
Swedish Albums Chart 25
Swiss Albums Chart 12
UK Albums Chart 3 2xPlatinum 750,000+
US Billboard 200 49 50,000+

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
Swiss Albums Chart[15] 62

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Europe 29 September 2008 Polydor CD 178 375-5
United States 30 September 2008 Interscope B0012070-02
Brazil 7 October 2008 Universal 602517837560
Japan 4 March 2009 Universal Japan[16] UICP-1105
United Kingdom 16 November 2009 Polydor 2 CD
Brazil 28 November 2009 Universal 602527259161
United Kingdom 24 November 2008 Polydor CD/DVD

Personnel[edit]

Main personnel

Additional personnel

Preceded by
I Am... Sasha Fierce by Beyoncé
Irish Albums Chart number-one album
15 January 2009
Succeeded by
Working on a Dream by Bruce Springsteen

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