First issued in 1991. This is one of my favourite albums by Colin Vearnecombe aka Black. His voice is consistently fabulous throughout, with memorable melodies, thoughtful lyrics and excellent production values. Just listen to the backing vocals and backing musicians!The album opens with the soulful "Too Many Times" with a great, jazzy sax accompaniment. This soulful, introspective mood is maintained with the next two tracks: great lead vocals from Vearnecombe and wonderful, haunting backing vocals. "Learning How to Hate" is more upbeat, with the drums taking centre stage. My favourite track is the melancholy "Listen" - I think it's one of the most beautifully sung songs I've ever heard. Take a listen!
One of the most underrated British singer-songwriters in my opinion. How many British male singers can match the velvet tones of his voice? Would love him to get together with Scott Walker (another fave of mine) for a duet. Maybe a reworking of "Unchained Melody" or an angst-ridden Jacques Brel number that Scott used to do so well in the late 1960s or they could co-write a new number. I can only dream!