Aplin’s success has been her sweet, soft, saccharine voice to deeply introspective lyrics. Push onto album two and she included more alternative and band arrangements into the mix that showed a upbeat and bubbly side but still keeping that heartfelt humility and sensitivity. Five years gone and instead of pushing the same as album two here she succumbs to stepping out in flourishes and using her time off/away in to order to make something that feels like a mix of the first two albums but fresh, fun, quirky and cohesive. The album also includes her first album feature with Singer/Songwriter JP Cooper whom could easily be the male equivalent to Aplin. The juggling of vocal cadences between them and their harmonies is a big win. Aplin also dives into the indie genre, going for playable and easy-listening radio pop but still feels out there more than most of today’s generic and mundane pop. She’s worked very hard to give this a distinct sound from her debut and sophomore. It’s very colourful as the album cover suggests and it’s peppered with unusual rhythms and tones. It’s almost harmonically chaotic without feeling overbearing - it spends time making you want to listen to the songs that you wouldn’t initially like but grew to like. The album itself is a soundtrack to her life and the more recent 5 years post second album. A love letter to her experiences and the realisations of them; the harsh and the heartfelt, the fun and the frantic, the greatness and the gloom. The first song “Kintsugi” refers to the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum. A song that very much fits the aesthetic and it opens the album to demonstrate what the listener is in for.