ALBUM REVIEW: Chris Selman “All Or Nothing”

Manchester based singer/songwriter Chris Selman first came to the attention of The Kaje at the end of 2011 when we accidentally stumbled across his ridiculously luscious single “The Smile Upon You Face”. With a vocal performance that reminded us of JJ72’s Mark Greaney, his heartfelt delivery  instantly captured both our hearts and imagination as we fell head over heels in love with the tender ballad. The discovery set us upon a quest to find out more about the mysterious muso, which has culminated in our discovery of the equally impressive album “All Or Nothing”.

Selman could not have summoned a more suitable title for his foray into the world of the relationship. Earlier this week we sang the praises of songstress Soap&Skin, whose honest outpouring was reminiscent of Adele’s open approach to songwriting. Selman hails from a similar school of thought. His journey through love details everything from long distance frustrations to game playing, but all facets are treated with an equal open mind and honest outpouring.

“All Or Nothing” is very much an album of two uneven halves. Opening with the upbeat “Track And Field”, Selman is capable of the playful sing along, but before long he descends into beautiful ballad terrain. While this may normally provoke a complaint, Selman’s dexterous compositions and distinct vocal ensure that “In Exile, Together” and “The Smile Upon Your Face” steal the show as the album draws to a close.

With more than a handful of radio friendly fodder, Selman is an artist who warrants more attention than he has to date garnered. A skillful songwriter and charismatic storyteller, he has carefully crafted a gem.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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