I'm not sure to what degree Stan Walker is inventing himself on his fourth studio album but, while retaining the smart R&B signature sound that has served him so well, it does possibly offer a more intimate insight lyrically into what makes him tick.
The title track is a serious slab of funky horns and balladry revealing that Mr Walker isn't really the Phantom but someone who is not pretending to be someone else.
It's hard to know if this is a statement of independence but Inventing Myself does sound a lot more adventurous than his previous albums with some unexpected and surprisingly natural collaborations with the likes of fellow X-Factor judge Ruby Frost (Runaway) and Ria Hall (Like It's Over).
This is certainly the album to listen to if you have never been convinced by Walker's X-Factor credentials.
- Sunday News