I feel like only half the songs on the album are worth listening to. It's quite different from the full pop sound of Take That. This album is more raw. There is definitely a lot of meaning and heart in this album, but it only stands out on half the tracks. There are some gems on here: "Face To Face (with Elton John)" is a top quality pop song and is quite catchy. The lead single off the album, "Let Me Go," took me a few listens to get into it, but now I really enjoy it. It's a great, up-tempo song with a different sound than we're used to hearing from Gary. "Jump" has got to be my favourite. Co-written with Tim Rice-Oxley of Keane, one of my dream songwriting collaborations produced a beautiful, deep piano song. Some of the other songs have deeper meanings and are more personal, but it doesn't translate into easily enjoyable music. I hate to say this, but "Actress" is absolute garbage. I was surprised, and not in a good way, when this song came on.
The album is "front-loaded." The best songs are in the beginning of the CD. It definitely takes a few listens to get into the songs individually, and the album as a whole. I don't think we've heard his best on here, which is what I thought we'd be getting.