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Released: 25th June 2007.

Gareth Gates - Pictures Of The Other SideThree years out of the limelight is a considerably long time especially by the tortoise like pace of the music industry nowadays. So naturally, you would think, Gareth would find it hard to come back to a music scene now minus the acts that were around when he was last in the chart like Busted and S Club.

From the sounds of this album though, he appears to have more or less combated any fears of flopping. Though not always consistent, "Pictures Of The Other Side" is a mature, enjoyable album, free of the vocal gymnastics present on his earlier repertoire of covers and ballads.

He shines in particular on tracks like the current single "Angel On My Shoulder" with it's moody and simple orchestration, the upbeat and edgy "New Kid In Town" and the electro-tastic "Talking Minds" to name a few. Overall, I'm very impressed. I'd even go so far as to say I'm a converted fan now.

* * * * (Alex MacGregor)

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