We like this; it reminds us of Tracy Thorn’s 1982 release A Distant Shore, a student classic: nice to listen to as you discussed life without being too demanding.
Watson plays pleasant acoustic songs with simple lyrics, ready-made for radio play or indeed, repeated plays in students’ halls of residence.
Opener Stones Around The Sun is a good example, though musically it’s a bit sparser than the rest, as Watson makes the philosophical point that, when you look at it, we’re all just stones around the sun. *Strokes chin.
Track two, the livelier Holding On is good, and, later on, Stay is a bit of an early standout.
We’ve been playing it quite a lot but it might be a bit background-music-at-Starbucks for some people.
Note: after her drippy intro, Ms Thorn of course did quite well with Everything but the Girl. Maybe Watson needs a musical partner to give his life-affirming lyrics some musical heft.