On the whole, it's an album that I very much enjoyed. Very impressive for a debut album, and hopefully we hear more of the same quality of music in future albums.
What struck me the most is his voice. Hearing him for the first time ever in Rudimental's "Feel The Love" last year, followed up by another Rudimental song "Not Giving In", i was impressed with his voice, rich with soul.
I sometimes wondered what he looked like, and once I finally saw him, I was in complete and utter shock. Needless to say, I wasn't expecting a young white kid.
Not sure what I would get next from John Newman, as in whether I would hear him again or whether he'd become a two-hit wonder with a song not even made by him loomed large.
Thankfully, he came to produce this. Upon the release of "Love Me Again" as a single, I was instantly impressed. Not just for the fact that it was a great soulful track, but also the fact that his voice so smoothly transitioned and fitted into different styles of background music.
The music mostly doesn't deviate from the "Love Me Again" formula, and it was the right thing to do because it is a formula that just worked throughout the entirety of the album.
Now that his voice fits so smoothly in to different types of music, I wonder if he'll venture further into different genres of music in the foreseeable future.
If so, good for him and I wish him the best of luck. If not, I'm perfectly fine with that as well, because if he keeps making music like this, I won't be complaining.
The highlights for the album were "Love Me Again", "Cheating" and "Gold Dust".