James Arthur Risks Wrath of Simon Cowell, Says Creativity Was F*cked

James Arthur has suggested that being forced to work with multiple producers on his self-titled debut album affected the degree of creativity he had on the record. The 25-year-old, who won the ninth series of The X-Factor and scored the second biggest hit in the show's history with 'Impossible' - revealed at a signing at HMV Oxford Street that he couldn't "build up a rapport" with collaborators.

James ArthurJames Arthur, Drinking A Tea

"I worked with several producers in America and several here, and for my next record I certainly won't be doing that," he told Digital Spy. "It's not conducive to being creative; it takes a couple of days to build up a rapport with a producer and then after that you're on to the next one.

"That f**ks up your creativity, so that's the only hindrance I've had on this record. But I knew there was going to be a lot of fathers on this record, but it's my debut. Next time I want to only work with one or two producers."

Arthur worked with TMS, Salaam Remi, Naughty Boy, Da Internz, Mojam, Tiago Carvalho, Steve Robson, Mike Dean, Biffco which is, frankly, ridiculous. 

"I'm still developing my sound as a major label artist," he said. "I had a style before I was signed, but now I'm developing my commercial sound as well as trying to strike a balance between authentic music and music that the masses will love. I'll be really interested to hear how it's received."

Arthur appears to be more talented, marketable and relevant in the pop market than the likes of Matt Cardle, though the Middlesbrough-born singer will know all too well the disappointment felt by previous X-Factors winners who were dropped by Cowell's label.

James Arthur ArtworkThe Artwork for James Arthur's Debut Album

The critics appear to have picked up on Arthur's stunted creativity, with The Guardian's Hermione Hoby being as Guardianish and she possibly could and suggesting, "In this debut contractual obligation to Simon Cowell, X Factor winner James Arthur sounds exactly like an X Factor winner. That is, unsubtle, unrelentingly emoting and singing every phrase with what sounds like that constipated, really-really-meaning-it face."

The Independent was a little more insightful, identifying that "there's also enough here to make clear that Arthur is no mere steed in the Syco stable," and adding, ""New Tattoo", "Recovery", "Suicide", "Smoke Clouds". the titles alone tell you that this young man is not going to be stepping on Olly Murs's toes any time soon."

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Why exactly should James Arthur incur Simon Cowell's wrath? For making a comment that is clearly a self directed criticism. It's got be mentally taxing for any songwriter to build a rapport with a producer in a short amount of time. I don't believe that James is criticizing anyone but his own difficulty to quickly achieve a certain level of vulnerability in order create with each producer. Admitting that he felt hindered creatively, should in no way be spun to make it sound as if he is playing a blame game. He has had nothing but high praise for each producer he has worked with as well as high praise for X Factor. I love his new album. Songs like "Get Down; Roses; Supposed, Is This Love and Flyin' are standouts. What's the big whoop with him saying that he would like to limit the amount of producers on his next project? SMH. Misleading info strikes again. Stirring up new James Arthur controversies never takes a day off it would seem.

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