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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. Oct 30, 2012
    10
    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

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