You probably know him best as the man who dared, along with producer/celebu-DJ Mark Ronson, to take on the Smiths’ 1987 mope-supreme classic “Stop Me If You Think You’ve Heard This One Before” — and actually kind of succeeded.
Now the blue-eyed-soul singer from Down Under is readying the release of his debut, Love & War, in America this fall (the album bowed this week at no. 2 in the UK).
Two singles are already a top-5 hits across the pond, and the album reportedly contains a duet with Grammy darling Adele, as well as contributions from the Dap Kings, the suave, finger-snapping backup crew for both Amy Winehouse and Sharon Jones.
Stream “Red” below — featuring offspring all-stars Sean Lennon and Harper Simon (Paul’s son) on guitar — and tell us if you think Merriweather has what it takes to make it in the States; can Ronson, who produced Love & War, do for him what he did for Winehouse and Lily Allen on their breakout albums?