My World certainly isn't for connoisseurs or music snobs.
Elle J Small 2008
It's really hard to shake off the image of Bryn Christopher dressed up as Prince Charming in a 2003 panto while listening to My World. Not least because the tracks on Christopher's debut album all yield a certain cheesy charm. This is radio-friendly fodder at its finest. That's not to say the LP – with its heavy nod to 60s soul - is all bad. It's just, well, very 'drivetime' - a pretty good attribute to have if you want to sell units, actually.
On catchy-yet-melancholy pop song and Bryn's most recent single, Smilin', the 23-year-old becomes the lovechild of Gnarles Barkley and Robbie Williams. This persona makes a frequent appearance throughout the album; from funky opener, Help Me to the less memorable GoneGoneGone.
Meanwhile on Sour Times Brummy's Bryn takes on the almighty Portishead. What was his A&R thinking? Unless you're as talented as Prince or as ballsy as Madonna, acknowledge the unwritten rule and leave a much-loved classic well and truly alone. Playing it far safer is contagious debut single, The Quest - possibly the best showcase of Chistopher's Motown-esque vocal. If it's a hidden gem you're after, you wouldn't go too wrong in discovering My Kinda Woman, a wonderfully mushy love song on which Bryn gushes over his pedestal lady.
With its many mediocre tracks, My World certainly isn't for connoisseurs or music snobs. However, if you're after an album that both your eldest and youngest Sunday afternoon visitor can listen to, this debut will definitely not offend.