Murder on the Dancefloor singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor is ''heartened'' by the response to her fifth studio album Wanderlust which is out today.
The 34-year-old star admits she wasn't sure how people would react to her move away from dance music to focus on slower tracks.
Speaking to BANG Showbiz, Eliis-Bextor said: ''I knew it was a bit of a different record and I didn't know if people would get their heads around it but I've been really heartened, they've all been excellent.''
Ellis-Bextor, who finished fourth in Strictly Come Dancing last year, further explained that she is finding it difficult to describe the new sound on her album.
She added: ''It's a bit rocky in parts and quite folky, it's got waltzes, fairytales and tales of spooky women in houses.
''The last album [Make a Scene] was incredibly dancey, I love that as well, but maybe it was a reaction to that. I was like, 'I've done that, let's see what the opposite is'.
''Dance music deals with the here and now, you can sing about being in love or lust, being angry or frustrated, but if you want to do something a bit more atmospheric and textured you can't really do that in dance music, it's an opportunity to find a different way of writing songs.''
Wanderlust is out now.