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Despite it's lack of chart success, it has to be said that the high profile Take That reunion, which ultimately overshadowed this solo release from someone who far from reached the heights of Robbie, or even Gary Barlow, couldn't have helped matters in the slightest.
However, little Mark proves once again that he is a great singer who can write good songs, both quirky and emotional. I would probably say that this is more of a rock album that his other two (his top 40 debut 'Green Man' was distinctly Britpop, and 'In Your Own Time' was Pop/Rock), but it's hard to categorise his records for sure, because there is much variety. The only thing that tracks like the off-the-wall 'Waiting for the Girl', and the bouncy single 'Believe in the Boogie' have in common in terms of musical style is the same distinctive, high-pitched voice.
All of the tracks on this one are worth repeated listens, 'Sorry Lately' is one of my favourites but the song that really impresses me is the flop single 'Hail Mary', with it's big production, but ultimately a gentle ballad, and one of Mark's all time greatest songs that really should have been a huge hit for the baby-faced man. The one single that was a sizeable hit (briefly dipping into the top 30) was 'Making Out', which was the real feel-good pop song here, and another standout. In a fair world, it should have become an anthem for the summer.
If you enjoy Mark Owen as a solo artist, then this album (ultimately his least successful) is something of a real work of art, and well worth the price you may have to pay for what is currently something of a rarity.
The songs are all very different but all equally excellent from the jaunty 'Waiting for the Girl' to the beautiful 'Sorry Lately'. Mark puts huge emotion in to all his songs and the result is outstanding.
Should you have any pre-conceived ideas about Mark's music, leave them at the door. I promise you that by the second listen, you'll love it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mark is a very gifted songwriter and he has an amazing voice, which sounds even better in acoustic songs. I just can't get enough of him!! Read morePublished 1 month ago by RonnieRedmayne
His other albums are great but this just smells of being studio led rather than artist driven. He's better than this.Published 17 months ago by chris cummings
Why "+2" ?
I thought there were two more songs and this is not the case, I 'm disappointed.
Otherwise I am very happy to finally have this album. I love it ! Read more
This was the only album from Mark Owen I didn't own, and as he is about to launch a new one, I HAD to get it! Read morePublished on 24 Mar. 2013 by Alejandra
Good product delivery, service and packaging. Good quality CD and enjoyed the album, nice to see something different than to what was done with Take ThatPublished on 17 Mar. 2013 by Jess
i purchased this abum the day it was released in 2005 but just been re-listening to it now. back in 05 i played this album to death because i loved it so much. Read morePublished on 4 July 2011 by P. Finlay
This cd is absolutely amazing!!! There are some really lovely songs, including the acoustic versions of a few songs which are even more pretty. Read morePublished on 23 Mar. 2010 by R. Knight