This album has something for everyone. From emotional tear-jerkers such as ‘Suitcase’, which tugs at the heartstrings of even the most emotionless human, to upbeat tracks like ‘Next To Me’, which nicely incorporates elements of soul into an end product which has an almost Stevie Wonder-esque structure and feel to it.
It is clear to any listener that most, if not all of the songs tell a story, or are at least based on one, and for me it is this which is one of the albums strongest selling points. It isn’t one of those albums which are based around wallowing in self-pity; quite the opposite in fact. By drawing on self experiences and those of others, Sandé merges them beautifully together with lyrics which cause the listener to cling on to every word, no matter how fast or slow the tempo of the song. To many, this album is a complete emotional roller coaster.
Most noticeable highlights are the catchy ‘Where I Sleep’ and Sandé’s own take on the Professor Green collaboration ‘Read All About It, PT III’ which was performed at the London Olympics. The latter of the two tracks closes the album as it did at the Olympics closing ceremony, and is a perfect end to the other flawless 15 tracks.