I must preface this review by saying that at this stage I have heard only the lead track 'Nothing Else Matters' in full (fab video by the way), and preview clips of two further tracks, from this eagerly-awaited second album from West End star Lee Mead.
But based on this limited sample, on a track listing that includes new material from some of the best song-writers in the business alongside a refreshingly bold choice of covers, and on my confidence in Lee's stunning voice and in the passion and commitment with which he will have approached this project, I wholeheartedly recommend it.
I especially look forward to hearing Lee's two co-writes - 'Breathe You Out' (the preview clip promises much) and 'Good To Be Alive' - and his take on one of my favourite tracks of all time 'More Than Words' - a piano-backed vocal rather than the acoustic guitar more often associated with this track. I'm sure I won't be disappointed!
Edit 5 March 09: OK, I've heard snippets of the rest now and I'm as far from disappointed as it's possible to be!