The first album by Riding Paper Airplanes, a solo project from multi-instrumentalist/vocalist John Wu, initially seems to be a very sugary confection. With programmed beats and sweet melodies to complement the Postal Service, the first two songs are pleasant if a little watered down. Then, on 'Feathers', the vocals become more airy and yet more effective, the synth washes become less complex but more atmospheric and suddenly Wu is clearly on to something new. Centrepiece 'Rebirth' goes on an almost proggy synth excursion but the tune is so strong it's hard not to love it. Most impressive are two Wu songs which are quite openly religious and are quite beautiful and hymnal; the lyrics of 'Jesus I Love You' and '(Pause And Calmly Reflect)' are delivered with tenderness and conviction. A near-faultless second half is made stronger by the lovely coda to 'Lying On A Hill, Watching Clouds On A Saturday'. Once it gets going, this is wonderful music unashamed to sound tender and emotive without being trite.