I would never have considered myself a 'fan' of Gary Barlow, but 'Since I Saw You Last', his first full length studio album in fourteen years is good, and converting me. In fact, I think people who wouldn't normally listen to him (like me), will be pleasantly surprised. The material here is far away from his successful '90s solo efforts, and you can hear a considerable maturity in his voice and notably in his songwriting.
Gary can sure pen a good song, it was the catchy radio friendly hit 'Let Me Go' which encouraged me to listen to the whole album, and I'm glad that I did. There's some really heartfelt songs (clearly written on personal past experiences) on here that surprised me, he is a talented songwriter (although that was always apparent with old tracks such as 'Open Road'), and somewhat unappreciated, perhaps due to his new role as TV judge on 'The X Factor'.
I'd ask you to listen with an open mind, because 'Since I Saw You Last' was a revelation to me, and proof that Gary Barlow is a more than capable singer-songwriter. Other highlights aside from the aforementioned single are 'Face To Face' (with Elton John), 'More Than Life' and 'Small Town Girls'.