The only solo writing credits are for long-time collaborator Mike Batt or his son Luke, though Melua does co-write with them and Toby Jepson on five tracks.
When she's singing Batt Senior's compositions, there's often something of the stage musical in the air, particularly on opening pair Never Felt Like Dancing and Sailing Ships From Heaven, whose more restrained orchestrations and elegant melodic twists rank them as the best songs on the record.
Melua casts herself a bit unconvincingly as smoky-dive diva among the plucked bass notes and finger clicks of Love Is A Silent Thief and as blues-rock chick on Shiver And Shake ("Hair down baby, I'm a rattlesnake/Watch me do the shiver and shake"). Stand her alongside our own KT Tunstall on the latter, however, and Melua's cross-genre limitations become obvious.
From this point on, the album resorts to cliche and concert-hall comfort, although Melua's voice is always pleasantly pure.