While I'd advise all novices and completists to get this album last, what with it being her least satisfying, it still rises above its limitations-unsurprising really-even with an unchallenging soul/r'n'b direction, this still faces up to many other artist's best work with ease. True, it's the first album completely full of love songs-all the varied, dark subject matter and attitude-driven pop/rock, thereby giving the impression this is another woman, is gone, but this change was deliberate and while not wholly successful in aural wonder and juice, it still delivers charming singles like punchy 'Breakin'Away' and tender ballad 'This I Swear' and chief high points upbeat 'True To You' (with her brother on backing vocals) and the morose 'Hold On'. Other nice tunes are 'Life & Soul' and 'Where Do You Go From Here'. A whole host of backing singers have been drafted in for most of the songs-another unwelcome change, and they sound terrible on some songs like 'Heaven' and a few others, but you get used to it.
Kim's singing is wonderful throughout-only for once it's generally better than the songs being sung, but this album is still a grower and I wouldn't be without it at all. It must be said that this is the first (and only) record where Kim has made a song I almost dislike-and hardly ever play-it's the rather turgid, embarrassing title track (shiver). But even then, when other people do horrible, they really do make unlistenable items here and there-and Kim will never go that far. More to the point she is back and as rocky as ever!
This album may be an initially unwelcome diviation from the norm, but everyone with longevity and worth does that at some point, but this was only intended to be temporary and it still gives a lot of listening pleasure 'Now' and indeed 'Forever'.