Becoming yet another artist who names an album after the number it comes in their catalogue, Nik Kershaw continues his 21st century style of sometimes pleasant, sometimes bland singer/songwriter, far removed from the innovative and creative period of his heyday.
That's not to say he hasn't done any good work since then. 15 Minutes
was an excellent comeback, and You've Got to Laugh
was a fine effort too. However, there's not a heap to get excited about here.
The perky opener "These Tears" offers promise, but what follows is fair-to-middling soft rock, with "Shoot Me" and in particular "You're the Best" bringing things back to life, the latter producing the kind of lyric that always makes me smile - But it goes without saying that it must be said ...
Indeed, Kershaw's lyrics are as entertaining as always, if not as cutting as he can be.
is listenable and decent enough, but not very memorable. Sure, his Human Racing
and The Riddle
days are behind him, and maybe it is a bit unfair to keep bringing that up, but it's still good when he does hit his stride. Here, he doesn't so much stride as shuffle with an unassuming and unremarkable gait. Maybe his next release will be another dazzler. Rated:
by Reviewer: The Doctor