Released: 28th June 2004.
Will Beverley Knight ever break out of the "critical acclaim but lower end of the charts" box?
The first single (and her biggest hit so far), "Come As You Are", suggests so, with the instantly catchy chorus and euphoric feel. Carrying on, the political songs "Not Too Late For Love" and "Salvador" contrast in sound, yet the message of equality and love is resounding throughout. Both have potential to be hits, as does the title track with its tense and longing atmosphere.
"Remember Me" shows that Britain have finally found their answer to Aretha Franklin. The gospel vocals mixed with church-like piano riffs create one of the best cuts, alongside Beverley's collaboration with Chris Martin on "First Time". Although slow songs litter the album, their beauty and relevance never put a downer on the sound. The up-beat "Supasonic" seems to be "Kiss" reincarnated, with the hit factor that has eluded Prince for all these years.
"Keep This Fire" is the only song that sounds out of place, but nevertheless delivers tight vocals from Knight.
"Affirmation" is the best soul album from Britian since "Who I Am" two years ago, showing Beverley's songwriting as well as vocals deeper and more soulful than before. This should prove her most successful release to date.