Album: Bluey, Leap of Faith (Dome)

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After 15 albums with Incognito, main-man Jean-Paul Maunick (aka Bluey) makes a belated solo debut.

He also sings lead, displaying a nicely underplayed Londoner's voice on 10 personal-sounding songs whose slightly rockier feel is closer to Lewis Taylor than Omar, though both come to mind. The best songs – "Got to Let My Feelings Show", "Take a Chance on Me", "Sky" – are very good, but bland lyrics grate. The closing title track references Martin Luther King.