on 29 December 2000
As a faithful Frampton aficionado over the years I'm reluctant to criticize his work but this is a disappointing follow-up to his very promising first solo album 'Wind of change'. Fortunately this was just an aberration and the albums got better later. 'Lines on my face', probably the most noteworthy song here, has some nice lead guitar work, but it became a much more powerful track on the 'Frampton comes alive' live album. 'Got my eyes on you' and 'Don't fade away' are pleasant, but the rest of the tracks are forgettable. One of the dreariest is a turgid version of 'Do you feel like we do' - (mercifully I don't) - although it was excessively long on the live album it had far more energy and enthusiasm. 'Just the time of year' starts out promisingly as an acoustic guitar ballad, but rapidly degenerates into an unpleasantly strained vocal performance. The cover of Stevie Wonder's 'I believe' certainly does the song no favours and isn't a patch on the original, or indeed on Art Garfunkel's slickly-produced cover version from 1975. So this is one for the die-hard fans only - others would be much better to go for 'Wind of change', which overall has much more memorable and varied songs, or the later 'Frampton'.