MARCUS COLLINS – MARCUS COLLINS
Released 12th March 2012 (RCAUK)
Words: Emma Lawrence
Marcus Collins first came to the British public attention last year when he entered the X Factor, and has since come in second to Little Mix in the contest. He has been kept under the tight supervision of none other than pop legend and his mentor in X Factor Gary Barlow. Coming in second in the TV talent show bodes well for people because it means that they can release an album before the winners and often gain more success and this is probably what Marcus can look forward to! As his self titled debut album shows, he has got the song writing talent and soulful voice so many people strive to have.
Opener “Seven Nation Army” is a cover of the White Stripes classic that has been given a makeover and now sounds soulful, vampy and has the distinct air of big band around it. He’s certainly made the song his own and it’s done in a totally different way to the original, proving that songs from any genre can be sung by Marcus.
The next song that stood out for me was the slow “Don’t Surrender”. It’s one for the couples to dance slowly to and look lovingly into one another’s eyes at a wedding. However, just because it’s a slow song doesn’t mean that it’s boring. Because it certainly isn’t! It’s got a Motown feel to it and Marcus’ voice is smooth and perfect for having a slow dance to!
The only other cover song featured on Mr.Collins’ album is “Higher and Higher”, a song in which he covered on X factor. This is the kind of stuff that Marcus is good at. He has power and strength in his voice and a lovely tone. This, I found, kept the song fresh and makes you want to dance.
Overall the whole album has a soulful/disco vibe and suits Marcus down to a t. It showcases not only his voice but his talent for song writing. Having Gary Barlow as a mentor and a friend has definitely paid off for Marcus and he looks set to have a bright future in front of him. Coming in second in the most watched reality TV show in Britain has given Marcus the opportunity to go down the route that he wants to and showcases his talent beautifully! Not bad for a former hairdresser from Liverpool huh?