"Three Lions" man's first new material in five years

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Ian Broudie – Tales Told

Having spent the millennium thus far producing The Coral, The Zutons and laughing all the way to the bank whenever there’s a major international football tournament, the Lightning Seed returns. Not a Britpop hit in earshot, mind. Instead we get polished, introspective acoustic minstreldom with similar tunes to Badly Drawn Boy, particularly the Bewilderbeast-ly “Smoke Rings”. The psychedelic scallies that he’s been hanging around with in recent times also leave their trace, both physically as guest musicians and spiritually on the skunk-skank of “Always Knocking”. All in all, an admirable comeback.