"If You All Get to Heaven" – 5:17 - Repetitive, with shrill vocalizing and a solid 80s vibe. "If You Let Me Stay" – 3:14 - More of D'Arby trying to sound like Michael Jackson and instead sounding like a forgettable movie soundtrack. Why do I have to hear this before I die? This album was weaksauce. "Wishing Well" (D'Arby, Sean Oliver) – 3:30 - Not terrible for 80s pop. "I'll Never Turn My Back on You (Father's Words)" – 3:37 - You want to hear a guy talk about dads in a falsetto? This is the mediocre song for you. "Dance Little Sister" – 3:55 - A little funky sax, and yet, it sounds to me like REALLY trying to be Michael Jackson again... or still... whatever. Meh. "Seven More Days" – 4:32 - Pretty but melancholy piano intro... oh, wait, no. That's the YouTube commercial. This is a drum machine and more shrill yet gravelly vocals about... you know, I don't even care what. I'm skipping ahead. "Let's Go Forward" – 5:32 - Digital wind sounds, a click track, some synth... this is what it would sound like if Terence was in my 8th grade electronic music class. "Rain" – 2:58 - I liked the syncopated beat until the synth clavas, chimes, and Terence Trent D'Arby joined in. "Sign Your Name" – 4:37 - One of the better songs on a mediocre album. It's no wonder this was the single. "As Yet Untitled" – 5:33 - Opening vocal harmonies are pretty. So far acapella... not bad, a little melancholy again. Nice harmonies again just as it was starting to bore me, and then back to the shrill and gravelly. "Who's Loving You" (William "Smokey" Robinson) – 4:24 - High hopes for a strong finish... and, yeah, it's a Smokey Robinson tune adequately performed. Not enough to save the album though.
Sweet Love is a classic I forgot about. It immediately made me nostalgic for my mom's friend's station wagon in ways I don't understand completely. The rest of the album is beautifully sung, if predictable. It is soft, like a unicorn baby blanket. Nice, but maybe not for me.
I dug and was surprised by cohesion, an acoustic fingerpicking number pretty out of place in the album, which features tons of short songs.
meh. A bit emo-pop for my taste, but track 1 is okay.