Album: Teddy Thompson, Bella (Decca)

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On the Thompson scion's fifth album we get heartfelt ingratiation plus heartfelt ingratiation's chief ancilliary, charming melody, buoyed by the slightly weightless mobility of Teddy's awfully sweet voice.

Power-pop with a hint of country. As such, it makes a powerful play for the kind of all-American middle ground so brilliantly articulated in US TV comedy: romance as a lifestyle imperative. The soundtrack to Jennifer Aniston. Nice. Attractive. Hygienic.