Album: Seth Lakeman, Hearts and Minds (Virgin / Relentless)

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The problem with rabble-rousing fiddle-led folk music with contemporary political lyrics is that you run the risk of sounding like the Levellers.

And so it is with much of Seth Lakeman's fifth album. It's a paradox of modern folk that if you sing about traumas and troubles from times gone by, it sounds authentic, while if you sing about the recent financial crash it comes across as preachy. Like Mumford & Sons, this will appeal to those who like to wear their heartfelt on their sleeves. For those of us who prefer more subtle charms...