It's very nearly four years since we last heard from Lemar.
I had a big soft spot for his 2008 album 'The Reason' and
find every good reason to stand by him with his new offering
'Invincible'. In may ways it is his most coherent work so-far.
It's a largely upbeat affair: big fat sound, strong tunes and his
fine voice as rich and focused as ever. Stuff to make you feel good.
The first three tracks in the collection of eleven are real stormers.
The energy stays high and the mood is both positive and uplifting.
'The First Time' has more than a whiff of U2 about it ('I Still Don't
Know What I'm Looking For' came to mind and nothing wrong with that).
The voice rides along splendidly on a wave of driving percussion and
jangling guitar. A fine song and a powerful vocal performance. Title
track 'Invincible' and 'Keep On Luvin', which follow, keep the energy
high; the former an especially emotionally affecting invention. When
the pace relaxes, as it does with the simple but beautifully managed
acoustic ballad 'Into The Night Sky', Lemar's voice shows evidence of
growth and greater maturity in his lower register. A lovely little tune.
With the final song 'Born To Love', a tender but somewhat melancholy
confection, he demonstrates his soul credentials with convincing aplomb.
All-in-all a convincing and thoroughly enjoyable album which deserves
to find him many new friends. Fame Academy seems such a long time ago ...