Initiated on the same concept of his one-man musical 'Alone Together' (2001), Michael Ball's newly released album tells "A Love Story" through a song cycle with, however, the depth and impact nowhere near what 'Alone Together' has revealed. It is understandable that in threading a story line the songs would have to be narrowed down to a certain range of selections, but still it could have been done better. Neither gripping nor dramatic, most of the twelve songs chosen are bland and boring, although still very sensitively rendered by Michael, they simply cannot bring off the task that was otherwise brilliantly succeeded in 'Alone Together'. "God Give Me Strength" is the only track with emotional strength that reminds me of the Michael Ball-power, but unfortunately it also shows some not-so-pleasant changes in his vocal quality, particularly the rasps in his high notes.
Usually when Michael Ball sings, you'd simply be drawn on and listen, but sadly I have to say that this album, for its lack of dramatic depth, would be well suited to the genre of background music.