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on 6 September 2000
After the outstanding "Cuts like a knife" and "Reckless", more of the same was probably in order, but BA waited three years to release an album which, although still well produced, is woefully lacking in the songwriting department. There's little here to be commended - perhaps the best moments are the rather derivative "Heat of the night", although "Victim of love" and "Home again" have some merit.
Unfortunately, the rest of the album's songs are weak, and especially offputting is BA's attempt to become socially conscious and "aware" of various heritages. Let's face it, lyrics were never BA's strong point, but it didn't matter when all it concerned was how wonderful or how awful various love affairs were, but really, empathising with the experience of native Canadians/Americans on "Native son" is embarrasing to listen to.
This isn't a disastrous album - it's OK to listen to casually, but it's really one for fans only.