Warner Brothers Music – 2005 – 37 minutes

With a sound similar to that of Maroon 5 combined with James Blunt, Daniel Powter will definitely find an audience with his catchy beats.

You'll find yourself tapping your toe as soon as the album begins with the up-tempo 'Song 6'. The almost airy electronic sound, combined with liberal drums and tinkling piano, creates a light, summery feel that should brighten any mood.

The rest of the album continues this trend, with pop rhythms suffusing 'Hollywood' and current single 'Bad Day'. The gentler numbers are just as pleasant, though, with 'Styrofoam' and 'Jimmy Gets High' among the notable tracks here.

Powter's vocal versatility lends much to the flavour of the album. His gritty falsetto, especially on fourth track 'Suspect', adds an interesting dimension to the collection.

Daniel Powter's self-titled album doesn't offer anything extraordinary, but, as pop records go, it's well worth a listen.

Katie Moten

Tracklisting: Song 6 – Free Loop – Bad Day – Suspect – Lie to Me – Jimmy Gets High – Styrofoam – Hollywood – Lost on the Stoop – Give Me Life