Bought this album on recommendation without really knowing to expect. A vague notion that 'I think I liked the hit song that came looong ago...not that I would be able to recall it!'. Anyway, it didn't take me many minutes to realise that this would be more than a reminder of the friend that had said it 'wasn't bad'. It wasn't bad, true, but 'it is great' would have been an even more accurate description. Many of the songs are little gems. Going home from work today I was standing in an underground train listening to '10 years time' at full throttle, lyrics cutting like laser within and at the same time providing a musical commentary to my dreary and weary surroundings; I dare you to try it and say that it isn't a great song!). But while (most) songs will stay with you, the best thing with this album is that it is truly an ALBUM. Definitely the sum is greater than its parts and Gabrielle's just-right delivery makes for a timeless companion that I know I will return to in years to come. Like the first reviewer did I also thought it a bit bland at first listen. But much like, say, Tracy Chapman's first album or Sade's Diamond Life it grows and grows on you -- at least if you feel compelled to hit the 'repeat album' button as I did. Don't overconsume though if you are going through a rough patch in your relation and need an lift...then again, maybe that's what you should. The broken heart lyrics of some of the songs do not reek of self-pity...rather of clear-sighted sadness and time to get a grip resoluteness. So all and all a great album. Wanting more I went and bought Gabrielle's greatest hits part 1. It was nice but if 'great' rather than 'nice' is what you are looking for -- go for this her latest album. My only complaint is that the standard cd cover shot of Gabrielle, nice as she looks, signals an Anonymous Soul Effort rather than the sweet and reflective tone that permeates the album. Trust me, you are in for a real treat...Buy.