Alexander O'Neal is probably the most underrated singers of the last 25 years. He had a few moments of fame back in the mid-80's, especially in 1987 with his album Hearsay and more specifically with the single Fake. Since then he's been less and less in the spotlight, but his albums still satisfied. However with this album, marketed as a return to his "old school" sound, is far less consistent than his previous ones.
I'll admit, at first these songs sound good but after a few listens they grow thin. Things get off to a rough start with the opening track, My House and I'm Back, with it's elementary lyrics (in the latter song the chorus finds Mr. O'Neal spelling his entire name). I will say this - if lyrical content is something you don't care about, then these songs might be fine; the tunes are upbeat with a decent old school sound. The highlight for me is the 3rd track, Minneapolis Shuffle - a midtempo throw back that fondly recalls his MN days when he was just starting out, going as far as to quote some of his earlier songs. However there are too many down moments through out the rest of the album to hold the listeners attention. Not saying there are any bad songs - the album does sound good while it's on, but dissolves quickly after it's over. Some of the reviews are pretty scathing on here and I wouldn't say the album is all that bad... nor would does his voice sound bad. He's edging up on 60 so he's lost a little range, sure - but he still sounds amazing, handling ballads and upbeat funk numbers with equal ease.
If you're looking to check out Alexander O'Neal this is not the album to check out. Instead try his 1985 debut or Hearsay or even his 1991 3rd album All True Man.