Album: Dodgy, Stand Upright in a Cool Place (Strike Back)

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Sixteen years on from their last album, the second of this week's comebacks finds former Britpoppers Dodgy reborn in the form of Teenage Fanclub, plying winsome folk-rock harmonies of an American flavour, imbued with a gentle melancholy and the warmth of hard-won experience.

Ageing seems to suit the trio: "Shadows" and "Did It Have to Be This Way?" sketch the regret and solace of separation with the kind of lived-in honesty their younger selves might have blustered through less convincingly, while the transatlantic references – the Tim Hardin quote in "Back of You", the lap steel streaking "We Try" – have a beguiling, unforced grace.

Honed to perfection by Midlake's mixer Matt Pence, the album fits in alongside the revitalised Laurel Canyon sound.

Download this: Tripped and Fell; What Became of You; Shadows; Only a Heartbeat

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