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  • Summary: The singer-songwriter's debut album finally hits the U.S. after making a stir internationally in 2005, propelled by the hit single "Bad Day." Mitchell Froom co-produced.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 11
  2. Negative: 3 out of 11
  1. Powter firmly establishes himself as a singer/songwriter who sits somewhere between James Blunt and early recordings by Elton John—albeit one who also knows the power of blue-eyed soul. [15 Apr 2006]
  2. A self-titled debut album steeped in beautiful but bland lovelorn ballads that tip a wool cap to vintage Elton John.
  3. Unfortunately, Powter doesn’t always take advantage of his talent, and half the album ends up being solidly catchy, but ultimately unremarkable and predictable piano songs.
  4. Lacking the star personality of a Robbie Williams or the wit of a Ben Folds, Powter doesn't rise above his instantly familiar keyboard riffs, yet neither does he drown in them.
  5. As the album lurches along, you keep hoping for the real Daniel Powter to stand up, but he never quite does. [14 Apr 2006, p.83]
  6. 40
    Like [David Gray and Damien Rice], Powter writes faceless tunes landmined with unsubtle hooks that can devour your brain in less time than it takes for an expert barista to whip up a cappuccino. [Jun 2006, p.143]
  7. After a while, it grates badly on the nerves.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 5 out of 11
  1. JodiS
    May 23, 2006
    I love the whole cd, he doesn't sound like anyone but daniel powter, he is different and he is a great singer I think is album will be #1, song 6 will be a #1 like bad day, lie to me will be #1 too. you all watch because he will stay in the top 10 for a year or so if not longer. again he does not sound like any other singer. Oh by the way I am a heavy metal music lover and a ture rocker. daniel powter has turned my ear to him, I love his music. I can't wait for more of him. love ya, dp. Expand
  2. KateW
    May 23, 2006
    I absolutely love his music. I listen to it everyday. It's refreshing. Bad Day is very, very good. Awesome but I love "Free Loop" That should be a number one song as well. Keep on writing Daniel and singing you have lots of number 1 fans!!! and the ones who rate low and have undesirable things to say just don't know good music when they hear it or they just have very shallow minds or they are jealous. kw {ps} he is also very handsome and very talented Expand
  3. Oct 30, 2012
    It's a good album. Considering how the composition was done and the abstractivity of the lyricism, this is some quality music than can be used as background music or as jam-out music. It's fun to listen to, the only downfall being that there's only ten songs, wanting more! Expand
  4. AndyY
    May 9, 2006
    Banal and derivative.
  5. SamD
    Jun 24, 2006
    Bad Day is the only half way decent song from it and he stole the piano from aimee mann's "wise up".
  6. DonB.
    Apr 11, 2006
    Sounding like regurgitated 'drops of jupiter' this Trainwreck of an album does little to rein in the banal quivering of Powter's overenthusiastic voice. Expand
  7. Cripes
    Apr 11, 2006
    Awful, awful album.My wife , who likes this James Blunty type of thing hates this , thinks he is far too whiny and was unable to listen to the completealbum in one sitting.Unlistenable tosh frankly Expand

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