Album: Johnny Borrell, Borrell 1 (Virgin)

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Rarely has a rock singer been as badly wrong as Johnny Borrell when, on his debut solo album, he informs the listener that "I am a masochist, you are a narcissist".

The truth is the exact reverse, but the Razorlight singer is not a man given to self-awareness. Wittering on about magazine-fodder exes, airport lounges and erotic fanmail over 11 saxophone-stained tracks of jaunty ragtime, white reggae and sub-Zevon folk-rock, he sounds utterly burnt out. Poor.