If you are have been a Rufus fan for some time and have loved the big productions on Want and particularly on Release the Stars, you could be forgiven for intially feeling this isn't what you want from Rufus. You may even feel that what you loved about Rufus' music was the flamboyance and to be fair most of this album isn't flamboyant at all - with just a piano it is very pared down even if some of the tracks have some complex piano playing in them.
A week ago when my copy arrived I really felt that way. I adore everything Rufus has ever done, but I played this album once and decided 'I don't like this - why didn't he stick with what we all like'. But I was seeing him in concert a week later and thought I ought to familiarise myself with some of it before I went. So I played it a couple more times and now...I just love it.
If you are an 'old fan' overcome your prejudices, listen to this album repeatedly until it sinks in and you'll love it.
If you are not familiar with Rufus and are just browsing to see if this is worth buying - it absolutely is. It's so clever and it's so beautiful. Just don't expect this album to give you a pop music immediate buzz - this isn't 'burger and chips' instant gratification, but 'Michelin starred' exceptional cuisine which feeds your soul.