I have had to do with very little available material from Amanda when buying this album. I bought her second album upon hearing 'Believe in you' once, afterwards I bought her first album blindly, without having ever heard a single. Same way around for her third album, I bought this blindly. There has never been a single release over here (the Netherlands) from that third album.
Admittedly, I had to get accustomed to the new style she has taken into use. If you are a fan, you will hear a totally different Amanda. But, I also have to admit, that after hearing the album twice or three times, the songs started to really grow on me. They have done so in such a manner that this is now by far my favourite album of her three.
What I find most astounding, is the fact that she can get away with making such an album. We knew her with her rock-edge from those first two albums. In this album, most of the guitar work is in the song 'Sunday Morning After', which is one of my favourite tracks. The pop and even R&B sound she is trying out here also seem to fit her voice.
Personally, I think that the entire album is great and not a single song is bad, from the catchy 'Sunday Morning After' to the R&B-like 'Double agent' to the almost hauntingly beautiful 'Inside the Tornado'...
As said in the title, if this is story telling time for Amanda, I hope she writes a book with as many pages as the new Harry Potter!