Album: Mike Marlin, Grand Reveal (Amp)

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Born London, read physics at Oxford, dropped out, went to work, had four kids and then released a debut album as his 50th birthday approached.

These are the biographical facts, but Marlin's third effort would be worthy of attention without them. Part Leonard Cohen's The Future, part early Psychedelic Furs, Grand Reveal could be the work of a rock veteran. The most refreshing thing about it? Its total disregard for musical trends. Do give up the day job.