It turns out that Reg didn't front-end load the good stuff either.
The stylish, bubbly pop of "Make It Better" will get you moving, as will the propulsive boogie "Charm In a Phonebooth".
Things take a harder turn on "Rock Animals". Reg's high vocals are masterfully counterbalanced by the heavy guitar-based rock.
Reg's voice cracks repeatedly as he delivers a heartfelt plea on the surprisingly soulful "The Declaration". Again he conveys a seemingly bottomless depth of emotion on the subdued "Hit the Heart", which rounds out the tracks on this portion of the record.
With two-thirds of Leisure Life out in full public view it looks as though Gentleman Reg is well on the way to releasing the strongest record of his career.
Best tracks: "The Declaration", "Hit the Heart"
Track listing for Leisure Life:
- Make It Better
- The Declaration
- Charm In a Phonebooth
- Rock Animals
- Hit the Heart