Loud & Clear
U.K. star Olly Murs makes his introduction to the U.S. with a little tour of American pop music. The opener marshals sweeping strings and martial beats into a bit of musical theater. Then Right Place segues into '80s pop ("Heart Skips a Beat"), '70s disco (on "Troublemaker") and '60s R&B (the malt-shop cute-fest "Dance with Me Tonight"). From there, the album heads for more familiar territory (overlapping with Bruno Mars' and Maroon 5's turf at times): dramatic love songs over crisp dance beats. Whether it's the right place and time remains to be seen, but Murs certainly has the right sound.