Check it out for yourself!!
This youtube page will bring you to 8 of the 10 songs on the album:http://www.youtube.com/user/piggies1#p/u
Here's another one you'll need:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=auwyF-97cnw
and the last one:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=44FE0w0DreQ
Although I may have softened a little bit on it, I can also say not much. I love the single, but little else & here is my initial reaction below...
Honestly there are really only about two tracks that I honestly say I care about much at all. That's a long way from having pretty much really loved every album from "Time Takes Time" through "Liverpool 8" (with the possible exception of the odd duck, "I Wanna Be Santa Claus"- which I have to say I much prefer over this album). Focusing on the positive, the two great songs, are great, and trying to look on the bright side there are three more that do have something to offer. So that's half an album of something. After that of the remaining five, well two a little better than the bottom three which just hold nothing for me. So the half that isn't great, at least isn't really terrible or anything, just not good at all.
"Walk With You": Great single, great song, & probably the best track on the album...
"Everybody Wins": Even though it's a retread, it's a fine one & a real highlight here, but what was a b-side (albeit a terrific lost one) becomes as high a water mark as there is on your new album= not a great sign.
After that it's tracks that I do like, but none that I can say I love.
"Mystery Of The Night"- Not a great one, but a maybe a good one, & it stands out more here than it ever would have on any of his albums from the last few years.
"Can't Do It Wrong": Again not great, but sounds better here than most.
"Y Not"- A fairly pedestrian rocker gets a kick in the pants from some deeply eastern arrangement which really works, but it does so in service of a so-so, at best, song.
OK now things drop off pretty seriously (and the drop off from level two isn't exactly sky high to begin with)
"Peace Dream"- Hearts in the right place, and I appreciate the sentiment & effort & I'm betting I appreciate it more than most, but...it's certainly not great, but...it certainly is at least a little better than what's the rest of what is here. It never would have even made the cut on any of his earlier Hudson era albums.
"Time"- Again it's not what I'd call a good track either, & while it's not terrible, once again it never would have made the cut in the Hudson era,
What's left is just generic rock stuff...
"Fill In The Blanks", "Who's Your Daddy?"- just under par rockers.
"The Other Side Of Liverpool"- Probably the worst track on the album (though any of these last three just do nothing at all for me). Just like a bad generic rock run through of the same ideas/story as "Liverpool 8" except that was a really great song, & this isn't.
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