Album review: Edwyn Collins, Understated (AED)


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Understated is that rarity, a positive break-up album confirming an emotional rebirth: “Back to life, back to hope... I can't stay another day with you,” he exults in “Too Bad (That's Sad)”, one of a clutch of Motown stompers.

The more painful aspects get the Southern soul treatment in “Baby Jean”, where he counts the blessings of music in helping ease the torment. “Understated” is a quieter reflection. But it's ironic that soul music dominates, given Collins' lack of its most crucial element: a commanding vocal presence.

Download: Too Bad (That's Sad); It's a Reason; Forsooth