"Paradise garage" is the key phrase here, a genre derived from the hedonistic discotheque scene in New York during the late '70s. Sparro's interpretation is by and large a faithful one, employing vintage house melodies over modern-day synths (courtesy of long-time collaborator Jesse Rogg) on opener 'Paradise People' and buzz track 'Happiness'.
Current single 'I Wish I Never Met You' is the real star of the show; a brutally honest sad-pop belter about getting over a serious relationship. Sparro admits it was the quickest song to make on the record, and its effortless quality instantly shines through. The theme of loss and the quest for inner joy continues on falsetto ballad 'Shades of Grey' and hazy house number 'Hearts Like Us', the latter steadily building into a euphoric glitterball dance-off.
The moments where he seems to find happiness are far and few between, making them all the more welcome when they arrive. There are flashes of late '80s George Michael on 'Yellow Orange Rays' and even a touch of Prince on funk-filled 'Let The Love In'. The quality slips towards the finish, but it's not enough to spoil a strikingly accomplished sophomore album that proves there's life after a runaway hit.
Tracks to download: 'I Wish I Never Met You', 'Hearts Like Us', 'Shades of Grey', 'We Could Fly'
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Watch the 'I Wish I Never Me You' music video below: