Album: Edwyn Collins, Losing Sleep, Heavenly

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The second post-illness album from the former Orange Juice leader kicks off in fine style, with a title track whose production echoes “Girl Like You”, but it isn’t long before Collins’ rich baritone is displaced by the flat Yorkshire blare of Ryan Jarman.

Losing Sleep, you see, is speckled by collaborations with the great (Franz Ferdinand, Johnny Marr) and the noteven- good (Cribs, Drums). This ongoing show of support following Edwyn’s cerebral haemorrhages in 2005 is touching, but he is at his best when left alone to get on with it.