Amid the sea of manufactured pop acts and cliched rock groups, this album's genuine originality is a breath of fresh air. Nik Kershaw's 80's hits, while clearly a product of their era, always had a unique sound which placed them above most of the other tracks around at the time, and I think Nik has recaptured this in "To Be Frank".
Nik's previous album "15 Minutes" was excellent, but also felt somewhat generic and mainstream - its excellence was not from doing something different, but from doing it well. "To Be Frank", however, is both well written and original, and has quickly become one of my favourite albums.
I would recommend this album to anybody, whether or not they are a Nik Kershaw fan. This album really has nothing to do with his 80's music except, perhaps, the quality, and the breadth of styles means there's something for most people on it.
It's something of a sad indictment of today's music industry that this album wasn't more popular - it seems that "well crafted" and "popular" are mutually exclusive. Choose the former - buy this album.