By Tom Baxter
This debut album opens up strongly with 'My Declaration', gentle piano and lightly strummed guitar ease us in as Baxter's husky whisper croons away. He has a nice distinctive voice that will win admirers from the start, there's a slight touch of Guy Garvey about him which is, of course, a good thing. The song itself builds up into a grand masterpiece as he sings about how he's going to change his life. A brisk acoustic guitar pattern begin's 'This Boy' and does well to follow on from the opening track.
Whilst Baxter's voice may be the star of the show he certainly has a fine way with melody, which only goes to help showcase his vocal talent. There are some almost Bacharach-esque moments of pure quality here and some very fine strings provide an extra edge.
'Under The Thumb' is a fine tirade and a weak willed friend and jaunty 'The Moon and Me' is a finely crafted song that will wrap itself around you and dance you across the floor. It's a heart warming and uplifting tune that bristles with energy and emotion. That could be said for this whole album. There are a few tracks that do poke their head out above others but there's not a weak track here. 'A Day In Verona' is a tale of love that shimmers like the smooth skin of a beautiful woman under moonlight. The pace picks up again with another standout track 'All Comes True' and I realise we are being spoilt.
There are ten songs of the highest quality here, another great singer songwriter emerging for your enjoyment.