This is a repackaged version of his debut album released in 2004!
I have found it really hard to try and categorise Kristian's sound (for the purpose of the review), and I have read many reviews in the press trying to as well. (From the male Dido, to a cross between Crowded House and Bryan Adams, to a young David Gray). The closest I suppose could be the Dido comparison, musically at least, because this album is incredibly melodic, beautifully written and beautifully sung. What also makes him heard to categorise is when you see him, you expect something a little harder, (he looks like your typical skater-boy) not mid-tempo ballads, which is what this album is built up of.
Lets not get bogged down in categories. This is a beautifully crafted album, more melancholy than not, and I simply can't stop playing it and singing along (that's the sign of a good album for me - whether I sing the tracks constantly).
From the stunning debut single 'Story of my life', to 'Shining' and 'Some Say' (wrong choice of single in my opinion) this album has many highlights which make it hard to choose a favourite, but 'Fall And I Will Catch You', 'The Years Move On', 'Caught In The Moment' and 'Love Is All I Need' are all worthy of mention. A live favourite (if you get the chance to see him live, this is where his voice is most impressive) is 'Hanging' the most uptempo number on the album (and my best mates favourite). This repackaged version has an excellent cover of Tracy Chapman's 'Fast Car', which was also a track that goes down well at his gigs. As for 'Sometimes I Wonder' being a UK Bonus Track, well, it was on the 1st issue... the packaging is a lot more attractive this time round.
A beautiful, moving and stunning debut album.