I'll be honest, im not one for anything mainstream, but after listening to this album nearly 20 times over, its hard to put down. Mutya Buena has an absolutely iron grip on her voice and her vocal talent shines on her more than anything else that she did with the sugababes.
Musically, this album is somewhat a compilation of genre's. You have a bit of soul, a bit of dance, a bit of rnb, and a bit of pop, but thats exactly what keeps this album sounding fresh every single time you return to it.Tracks like "Strung Out" or "Wonderful" have a smooth ballad feel to them, where as tracks such as "Song 4 Mutya" or "Suffer For Love" have a jumpy, energetic feel. The melodies and styles on this album work together as one.
The best track on this album is by far, "Paperbag" and i think its a shame because it doesnt seem like it will be released as a single.
"I dont know how it can fit
Coz its all we were
Its all we ever had
(memories) Sitting on a shelf in a paperbag"
Lyrically, the album is very diverse. Dont be fooled by her strong image, there are some very touching, sentimental lyrics in this album, about breakups, lack of love, her personal failures, death's of friends. but at the same time, positive, uplifting lyrics about determination and a strong will to get through difficult times.
Finally, the driving force of this album is Mutya's beautiful voice. It quivers like a child, it soars powerfully, and is firm when it wants to be. Buy this album to experience one of the most powerful vocalists of today.