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Frontman with Kinky Machine and Rialto and model for Vogue, Eliot had an interesting ’90s. Now he’s decamped to Cornwall to record his solo debut, pitched as echoing Neil Young or Elliott Smith. Despite some sweet I’m-a-mature-father-now lyrics, it fails to convince. The better songs are half-built “Wonderwall” retreads, the rest are dismayingly bland, making Lloyd Cole sound like Nat King Cole. “She Is Moving On” declares, optimistically: “I told her I was nearly famous”.

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