Sam Bailey and Eva Cassidy are my favourite singers in the world. Eva Cassidy was a great musical arranger, and there are some goodish arrangements on this CD.
For me, there are way too many slow songs. Of the 11 tracks on the CD, the first EIGHT (not a misprint) are slow songs. By the third song I'm sick fed up of slow piano intros and the album is turgid. By the eighth song, I'm wondering what kind of d...head would put his name to producing an album with 8 slow songs in a row. Sure, this would be expected of a Susan Boyle album, but why so many doleful songs for a performer as versatile as Sam Bailey?
There is one fastish track, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", but it sounds like a Michael Bolton track with Sam Bailey joining in sometimes. Tracks 1,2,3,5 and 8 are all much the same type of song. Tracks 3,5 & 8 are all Diane Warren songs, and they all sound much the same. For example, track 5 is "There You'll Be" and the chorus of track 8 is "There I'll Be". Yawn. Thankfully they put "Skyscraper" in. And the duet with Nicole Scherzinger is just fabulous.
Sam's singing is simply stunning, but sadly I have to agree with the press that she's not displayed the range which she displayed on X Factor. She nailed every type of song every week, and musicians like myself were all talking about her phenomenal performances. Sam, please don't become another Susan Boyle. Get yourself a record producer with a bit of get up and go - and make an album with some street cred for those like me who were knocked out by the variety of your amazing voice on X Factor.
Without question, 5 stars for the voice. Sadly, only 1 star for the doleful over-production.