Mr. Collins, it’s good to have you back. This release is notable for two reasons: firstly, it’s the ex-Orange Juice frontman’s first newly written material since his very serious illness five years ago; and secondly, it features an indie-tastic array of collaborators and co-writers including members of Franz Ferdinand, The Cribs and The Magic Numbers. The first track to sink your teeth into is ‘What Is My Role’, which smacks both of the Collins punk-pop template, and early noughties indie. It’s a potent, fizzy, noisy combination. And you can’t accuse the man of failing to keep his finger on the indie pulse – The Drums feature on ‘In Your Eyes’, another highlight. Elsewhere though, things are a little one-paced and pedestrian, and while ‘Losing Sleep’ is, in places, a collection of highly listenable songs, it’s never gonna keep you up at night.

By Chris Watkeys

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