Krist Krueger clearly doesn't do things by halves. His second album as Southerly is an orchestral pop album. Only when he starts singing though, does another comparison stand out for Krueger's clear, fresh voice is strongly linked to Badly Drawn Boy.
'Soldiers' is the pop sound in full effect. With a life-affirming hopeful sound that begins like The Verve's 'Bittersweet Symphony', it cries out to be released as a single. A less obvious hit, 'How To Be A Dreamer' is almost its equal thanks to a stacatto hook and a gorgeous tuneful vocal from Krueger. 'Dreams That Make Men Free' and the piano-led 'Cold Caller' also impress with a slightly rockier edge. Elsewhere Krueger's folk influences are most in evidence. The only problem is that the album covers fourteen tracks in less than forty minutes, meaning some songs are merely fragments and quite a few of the songs settle into fairly anonymous folk territory. In fact, the louder and more exuberant Krueger is, the better he sounds.