The first time I heard a Basia song was in a shop in New York roughly 20 years ago. The album was Time and Tide which I immediately bought on cassette (and subsequently vinyl) and is still one of my favourite albums of all time. Since then I have acquired all of her subsequent albums and was excited when I heard this album was out.
When I first played it, I have to say I was slightly surprised that at least a couple of tracks already sounded so familiar, they almost seemed to be reworkings of songs from previous Basia albums. I hadn't found this previously with albums after Time and Tide, so I was slightly disappointed that this album was not as fresh and original as previous ones.
Having heard the album now on numerous occasions since then, this feeling of deja vu has faded somewhat, but nevertheless the songs as a whole are not as inventive as previous albums. One track that bucks the trend though, is Winners. This stands head and shoulders above the rest of the tracks with its strong rhythmic and harmonic interest over a lively latin beat.
If you haven't heard other Basia albums then you'll probably be pleased with this album, but as a longtime fan, I'm slightly less impressed this time round.