Matthew Morrison The Glee star gets help from all the right places on his pop debut, collaborating with sure-shot producers and songwriters responsible for hits by Kelly… Matthew Morrison The Glee star gets help from all the right places on his pop debut, collaborating with sure-shot producers and songwriters responsible for hits by Kelly… 2011-05-10 Matthew Morrison Pop Island
Music Review

Matthew Morrison (2011)

Matthew Morrison | ALL ABOUT SCHUE Matthew Morrison's debut album
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ALL ABOUT SCHUE Matthew Morrison's debut album
EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: May 10, 2011; Lead Performance: Matthew Morrison; Genre: Pop; Production: Island

The Glee star gets help from all the right places on his pop debut, collaborating with sure-shot producers and songwriters responsible for hits by Kelly Clarkson and Panic! at the Disco. He even ropes in cameos by Sting, American Idol champ Kris Allen, and sometime costar Gwyneth Paltrow — who inspires Morrison to revisit his Broadway roots on a lush ''Somewhere Over the Rainbow.'' (Elton John turns up too for a medley-ized ''Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters/ Rocket Man.'') Despite the sound-of-now sonics, though, Morrison never quite shakes his goody-goody Mr. Schuester vibe: On ''My Name,'' he brandishes the word demagogue a little too proudly, and ''Summer Rain,'' about getting busy on a rooftop, oozes all the sex appeal of a parent-teacher conference. B–

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Originally posted May 04, 2011 Published in issue #1154 May 13, 2011 Order article reprints