Reviewed by Dave Griffiths
Chris D'Alfonso is becoming an increasingly recognised singer/songwriter in his native Malta, picking up radio airplay for the first two songs on this, his debut full album. The title track sets the pace for the whole CD with a stately authority that is beyond his years. "The Core", which follows, pushes the pace forward with pleasing crunch in the guitar work. Things get even better with the third track "Shine". The production is very tight, courtesy of Boris Cezek, who also plays many of the instruments on the record. Okay, so there are many singer/songwriters out there with good melodies and a sound ministry in worship songs, but D'Alfonso has something else. Although the lyrics are sometimes a little too simple, he has the ability to convey a simplicity and humility that stands out. Wistful in parts ("Broken", "When I Look", "Caught Up In Love"), rocking in others ("Saviour", "The Core", "Forgiven") and just a dash of introspection ("Now What?"). D'Alfonso has a good and distinctive vocal and with well thought-through song arrangements and quality production has made one of the most listenable releases this last year.
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