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James Arthur – Impossible single review

The X Factor winner serves up a surprisingly good single.

James Arthur

The X Factor has been a bit of a wash-out this year we think it’s fair to say. From bickering judges and declining ratings through to Christopher Maloney making the final and Ella Henderson leaving way too early, the show looks like it’s in quite a lot of trouble. Despite all the headlines and the ‘second chance saloon’ feel of the contestants, viewers still cared enough to vote for a worthy winner in the shape of James Arthur.

Truth be told we feel pretty sorry for James. He’s actually very talented and possesses a voice that is well beyond his years. Sadly that almost got lost in the faff that was this year’s show when he ended up in the bottom two a few weeks back. Thankfully the public saw sense and picked him over the off-key warblings of Jahmene.

The inevitable winner’s single is now upon us and James has been given Impossible, a song that was originally a hit for Shontelle in 2010. When we first heard that was his song we were a little bit worried as it hardly seemed like an ideal fit. Having listened to him perform it twice on The X Factor final last night, and now having heard the studio version, it’s clear it was actually a pretty good choice for him. Lyrically the song is a classic tale of heartbreak but with the weighty vocal from James it’s transformed into a story full of pain and determination summing up his story perfectly.

Thanks to his guttural vocals in the song’s final minute, James manages to make the song his own and hit you with some emotion. Definitely a better song choice than Little Mix’s Cannonball and maybe, just maybe, James won’t be too embarrassed to put it on his debut album.

We’re sure the song isn’t anything like what James would like to be recording but as winner’s singles go it could have been so much worse. Poor Jahmene would have released The Beatles’ Let It Be. Interestingly the usual annual group song has been skipped this year meaning that part of the proceeds of Impossible will be going to charity Together For Short Lives.


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