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There are musical similarities with Morrison's debut, but with added panache and self-belief.
There are soaring strings, uplifting harmonies, soulful ballads and, in Slave to the Music, a hand-clapping dancefloor groover a new string to his bow.
Jessie was suggested by his longstanding A&R, Colin Barlow.
"Not that I was doubting Jessie's ability in any way," Morrison says, "But I was worried whether she was the right character for the song.
She got in the booth and did all this stuff that was amazing she is a ridiculously good singer, so in tune she's like Autotune .
I wanted to tap into the side of her character that is just a normal girl.
It is one of two songs produced by Mark Taylor, who helmed Broken Strings.
Ten of the 12 songs are produced by Bernard Butler the acclaimed former guitarist in Suede.In many ways this feels like my first proper album." Practice shots they may have been, but those first two albums Undiscovered (2006) and Songs for You, Truths for Me (2008) have sold a combined total of 4.5m copies and yielded an astonishing ten singles, including You Give Me Something, Wonderful World, The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore and the global smash Broken Strings, featuring Nelly Furtado.Those practice shots turned Morrison into an international star.But he is more than just a Big Voice he sings from the heart."To me, pop music is just great music that lasts for years," he says.