If ever there was an album that makes you believe that there is life after lock down, then it is Andrew Roachford’s album Twice In A Lifetime.

His eleventh offering sees him showcasing a stunning voice that was completely devoid of any of the problems that he had with nodules on his vocal chords in 2018, because this album is arguably his finest piece of solo work to date.

Beginning his career with a self titled band, they were signed by Columbia Records with a seven album recording contract which went on to make them during the 1990’s, Columbia’s biggest selling UK act for ten years. But since then Roachford has carved out a very successful solo career as well as becoming one of the vocalists with Mike + The Mechanics for the last nine years.

But this album shows exactly what Roachford is all about. With a postponed release date from April due to the Covid pandemic, it was well worth waiting for. Single High On Love is a great opener with its gospel feel complete with horns and his punchy soulful vocals. What follows then are twelve beautifully penned songs written by Roachford and some seriously talented co-writers.

Having managed to get Radio 2 air play for Love Remedy, an upbeat track that fuses smooth soul with irresistible pop, his follow up single High On Love was also very well received. And just recently What We Had, a gorgeous ballad with Wolverhampton’s soul queen Beverley Knight was also given an airing, which isn’t bad for someone who has been in the music business for over three decades.

But Roachford has a voice that should be heard. Too Much To Lose has a sound that could have come straight from the Muscle Shoals Sounds Studio whilst Give It Up And Let It Go sees Roachford delivering a soul soaked vocal performance in the veins of Al Green. Are You Satisfied? is led by excellent drumming delivered by one of the late Amy Winehouse’s band members before The Truth Hurts Too Much is reminiscent of the late Aretha Franklin or the very talented Mavis Staples.

Gonna Be The One is destined to be the next single, but standout songs, Won’t Think Twice and So Long keep the music flowing before Once In A Lifetime precedes the penultimate song, Written In My Heart. On the release of this album Roachford has shown that he is much more than a Cuddly Toy, a song that on its re-release in 1989 reached number four in the UK charts. He is a musician at the very top of his game.

You’re The One rounds the whole thing off and then the only thing to do with this album is to press play again and indulge in what is one of the best albums to be released this year.

Our Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Number of tracks: 13

Running time: 48:27

Released on: BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd

Release date: 11th September 2020

Formats: MP3/CD/Vinyl

To purchase: https://roachford.tmstor.es/