How refreshing to find a performer as young as Kristian Leontiou actually participating in writing the songs that he sings and being concerned with the quality and integrity of his work, rather than being just another fame-hungry, inanely grinning wannabe in yet another tragic boyband, desperate to be liked. How nice to find a (proper) CD which is great from start to finish, is a perfect length-not overly long and not full of filler-with fantastic sound quality, and which is reasonably priced.
I'd never heard of Kristian Leontiou until I saw him on TV recently, singing (live!) his single, The Story of My Life. I liked it so much that I was prompted to go out and buy it a couple of days later-I even liked the other track, Homecoming (not on the album). In fact, I was so impressed by the little bit of his music I'd heard, that I felt compelled to buy his album as soon as it came out, and I was not disappointed in the least: I love it.
It opens with the aforementioned single and continues in the same vein; mature, relaxed, mellow, melodic, aching and slightly melancholy. Mr. Leontiou's voice is gorgeous: it's warm and soulful without ever going into vocal hysterics or trying too hard-it is most certainly NOT, as the Amazon review cruelly called it, 'an 'R&B whine'. Were they listening to the same album? It's also very inaccurate of that review to say that his music is 'geared...towards the coffee table'. To me, coffee table anything (music, books etc.) are left lying around with the sole intent of impressing others, and often not even looked at/listened to by the person who bought them. In this case, the description couldn't be more wrong as I haven't stopped listening to (and enjoying) the album since I bought it.
It's difficult to pick favourites as the quality of the music is so consistent throughout and virtually all of the songs are incredibly catchy and memorable, with great hooks: it really is that good! There's even a very short extra track which can be heard about 30 seconds after the last one ends, though it's still so good that I wonder why it wasn't extended into a full song.
I do hope that this album is as successful as it deserves to be and that we'll be hearing a lot more from Kristian Leontiou in the future. If in doubt, just buy it! A debut to be proud of.