Opening with the less than 30-second long ‘Power Up’ instrumental, it’s fortunate that it’s follow-up ‘On Your Own’ finally brings with it some vocals; albeit slightly unique ones but intriguing ones none the less. It’s a surprising start, stripped back and in places rather boring, but fortunately ‘In My Arms’ picks up the pace, adding with it a rather catchy piano underlay, before ‘Don’t Make It Hard On Yourself’ returns to the almost acoustic style of the opening numbers. This is certainly not a collection for music fans who want something to sing along to, and therefore is likely to only have a certain rather than complete appeal, but on the back of ‘Love So Cold’, there’s little doubt that Fryars has always wanted to distance himself from modern music and be true to himself, and on the basis of that, he certainly succeeds. ‘Prettiest Ones Fly Highest’ is almost electronic in places, presenting a complete change up in style and deliverance, but even that can’t save the track from being rather forgettable.
‘Dialogue 1’ is 50 seconds of chatter – quite what its relevance to the collection is remaining completely unknown and it should be completely overlooked as a result. The music returns via ‘China Voyage’ though such is little better than what has already gone before, but luckily ‘Sequoia’ rescues things just slightly while ‘Can’t Stop Loving You’ might work being played at a wedding as a first dance, but other than that, it struggles demonstrate anything that makes it worth a listen. ‘The Power’ offers up the first real pop-sound number of the entire album and with that it instantly succeeds in offering up some excitement, despite the subdued tempo. Further chatter with ‘Dialogue 2’ is pointless and unnecessary, while ‘Thing Of Beauty’ serves little more purpose than perhaps to help people relax as they prepare to sleep. It’s therefore surprising to find the dancey ‘Cool Like Me’ follow on a few minutes later – it would have made a strong closing number, but sadly such is left to ‘Over And Out’, likely to be switched off before its minute is up.