Album: Lightning Seeds, Four Winds, (Universal)

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A first album in 10 years by the Good Egg of proto-Brit pop, and if Ian Broudie's themes have acquired a sense of melancholy and reflectiveness with the passage of life, then his breezy pop formalism remains as, well, breezy as ever.

Beatles fans, this one's for you. Well, "The Story Goes" is. The rest is an amiable stroll among the tropes of post-Beatles pop – attractive, well made, sincere, wistful and extremely well researched. Coming to a radio station near you soon.