It came as a welcome return for the London native, who failed to chart with his digital-only release The Unlikely Lad back in 2005. However, despite the change in direction in sound, the remainder of the record fails to surpass the initial surprise.
Ironically-titled 'Same Old Song' and follow-on 'Worry About You' do little to be distinctive from his lead single, while 'No Comedown' and 'Heart Shaped Hole' continue to chronicle his turbulent past over a snoozing piano line with his quivering falsetto.
Don't get us wrong, Tyler has one of the most distinctive male voices in the UK today, but a series of languid ballads somehow manages to drain it of any soul. His take on 'Higher Love' comes as minor light relief towards the latter part of the record, but any excitement has long since waned by then. It result is a sluggish set which sadly falls short of expectations.
Tracks to download: 'Single Tear', 'Higher Love'
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Watch the music video for Tyler James's 'Single Tear' below: