Opening up with “Backburning” you get an almost MIKA type feel musically, it’s a combination of 80’s inspired synth-pop with 70’s funk and for an introduction it’s a colourful one; full of character. “Automatic” follows suit but is considerably more up-beat and a delightfully positive, happy little song; the type of track you could enjoy listening to sat in your garden on a summer’s day, soaking up the sun with a glass of Pinot Grigio. Bishop’s vocals soft and melodic but he narrates his points well.
The album’s title track starts off with what’s really quite a dramatic tone, slightly dark as far as pop music is concerned, in a serious sense, and it becomes clear the title is a great metaphor for the difficulties of love, and one assumes it’s centered around his sexuality, but as a song it’s got a good rhythm, plus saxophones are always a welcome bonus. Lead single “Baggage” is big on pomp, big on the electro-pop and sounds like one of the good Eurovision entries, loads of fun this one and an infectious chorus to boot; great stuff. The rest of the album maintains the soulful synth-pop formula, carrying a slight retro vibe, and ultimately is a consistent enjoyable listen. As a recording artist, it’s doubtful he’ll make any dents in the UK charts with this album, it’s not quite the in-thing, but really that’s the point, he’s out…and proud, and more importantly, loving life. Give “…Quicksand” a listen, just watch your wheels don’t get stuck…