Kiwanuka is clear a very talented man, and this album displays considerable ambition to go with excellent musicianship on display. Played to you blind and with no information about it you would say it had been recorded in the 1970s. Sonically it sounds amazing with a sound collage style, reminiscent of "what's going on", that gives it a soundtrack type feel. Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield are the first names that come to mind, and they are clearly giants of music.
However, what is good here is very good, indeed exceptional. "I've Been Dazed", "Piano Joint (This Kind Of Love)", and especially "Final Days" and "Solid Ground"; (I'm a sucker for that descending chord sequence). These four tracks are so good in fact they can outweigh my indifference to much of the rest.
"How does it feel to be on your own, no-one to understand....."