I know it probably is an unfair comparison, but The Morning Of is like Jack's Mannequin with a female vocalist thrown in for brownie points. And less emo. A LOT less emo.
Actually, The Morning Of is just so... damn delightful! There's so much soul and rhythm in songs like 'Violins and Trees' and 'Let Your Spirit Soar'. Then you hear 'Reverie' which completely uplifts you and 'Shine' doesn't sound beautiful - it feels beautiful despite following the slow start, loud finish formula. This is why I love piano rock (and I don't care what they call themselves, this is piano rock!). When it's done right it can't fail. This goes for their new Alicia Keys cover, too.
Have you ever heard a bad cover of an Alicia Keys song? Because I have. Thanks to those horrendous Making the Band 3 auditions. Her songs aren't just about hitting the high notes, it's about emotion and really feeling the lyrics. Extra props to them for not ruining 'No One' (although they left out the call and response 'Oh! Oh! Oh!' part at the end, wtf). Jessica Leplon's voice is sharp in some places, but it's never bad.
And I don't have a particular closing statement. Other than they rock... and I would be very pleased to hear them on a TV show.