Love him or laugh at him, there's no denying Peter Andre's presence as a pop star. The Long Road Back
comes on the back of "Mysterious Girl" hitting the No. 1 spot again thanks to a reality TV show. The aforementioned hit appears twice on the album, firstly in it's original form and secondly as a remix, updated to sound fresher for 2004. Although "Mysterious Girl" was the bigger single, the public waited with baited breath for the catchy amalgam "Insania", written live on TV yet even more amazingly found as an Andre demo in a second-hand store years earlier.
Jokes aside, the fact is Peter Andre can write amazing pop music be it the cheery mid-90s pop of "Never Gonna Give You Up" (not the Rick Astley song) or the poppy dancehall of "World of Her Own" (not the Westlife song). "All Time Girl" is a very pretty ballad alluding to his public relationship with glamour model Jordan and "All Cried Out" is a more contemporary ballad, equally as strong, sounding a little like something the Sugababes might write. One possible cheese mistake is the throwback to his time working at a holiday resort, an over-the-top cover of "Ooh La La La (Let's Go Dancing) but other than that, The Long Road Back deserves credit as a very consistent pop album that's an awful lot of fun. --David Trueman