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Neil Young meets Jeff Buckley
on 15 February 2003
After splitting from Suede, who were then touted as new superstars but have now faded after two fairly middling albums, and briefly working with unlikely colleague David McAlmont, a collaboration which produced the amazing Yes and You Do, plus lots of filler, Bernard Butler signed to Creation and came up with this album owing much to Neil Young's brand of midtempo AOR.
The lead single Stay proved to be the only significant hit, and while the tune is alright, it suffers from laughably juvenile lyrics- "Don't go. Stay, this time", a bit of a waste of the 5 minutes it porbably took to write.
Thankfully there are stronger moments, my faovurite being the string-drenched A Change Of Heart. The mellow title track stands out as well, and it finishes on a high with a couple of highly charged numbers relating to his darker times. The album's lyrics talk of change a lot, highy appropriate given the events of the time.
Arguably though, this doesn't show Bernard in his best light, featuring too many forgettable numbers and not enough of his virtuoso guitar skill, as well as a weak voice, especially compared to David McAlmont's falsetto range. I'd stick to McAlmont & Butler's work, or Neil Young's albums.