[G W Hope's son reviewing.] I had never been a huge fan of Texas, but I always really enjoyed the classics such as "I Don't Want A Lover," "In Demand" and "Say What You Want" when I was younger. I always thought Sharleen had a fantastic voice so I bought this album upon the strength of the first single "All The Times I Cried."
I'm extremely glad I bought it; in my opinion I found it even slightly better than that of Duffy or Amy Winehouse, to who Spiteri is similarly compared to throughout this album [sure, she's had some negativity for it, but the girl does a fantastic job]. My only complaint, which has already been made by many, is that the album is too short! I don't have a problem with the length of the tracks but it would have been nice if a few more tracks had been included, as I'm also sure they would have been up to a high quality and standard.
Spiteri has already proved that she is very talented as a singer and a musician, but futhermore reveals her talent with this album: she co-wrote every track on the album and also produced every track, while also providing the instrumentation on some tracks along with her fantastic band. As already mentioned, her vocals are in great shape too. Some of my favourites are the incredibly catchy opening track and second single, "It Was You" with its catchy, irresistable hook, my particular favourite, the Motown 60s inspired "Don't Keep Me Waiting" is extremely fun to listen to! Title track "Melody" and closing song "Francoise," which is one of the two songs Sharleen wrote alone on the album (the other being "Where Did It Go Wrong?"), are also standouts.
To sum it up, this is a brave and brilliant debut effort from Spiteri and if you like the music of Duffy and Winehouse or any 60s act back in their day (Gabriella Cilmi is also another obvious contender, along with Adele), don't hesitate to buy this record - even if you weren't too fond of Texas' music!