Til the Sun Comes Up and 22 are straightforward piano ballads, delivered in a melancholy voice that floats up into a falsetto with ease.
The title track has more drama, and Say Hello and Remember Me bring some much needed energy.
Mostly it sounds like Ed Sheeran in tear-jerking mode, which will please more people than it disappoints.
Sonically it’s very much a headphones record. James is no James Blake but he can do widescreen misery and not just intimate confessionals - the epic title track is almost Biblical in its despair. Bitter Pill is not without moments of blandness. James is so wounded onto death by love at one point that he has a hole in his heart where love used to be and Remember Me is more Ed Sheeran than Ed Sheeran himself.
However, there is a lot here to suggest that Gavin James will be around for a long time.