This week I've been listening to the wonderful album by the Last Shadow Puppets, the side project of Arctic Monkey's front man, Alex Turner and Rascals Miles Kane. It's a blinder.
I'm not familiar with the Rascals, but Turner is fast becoming the premier songsmith in Britain. The album, The Age of the Understatement, is a collection of exquisitely crafted songs that wouldn't be out of place on a mid-60s Walker Brothers album. It's full of lush strings and twangy guitars, tricksy key changes and fabulous harmonies.
Pretty much everything they try comes off and as well a clutch of great tunes, the lyrics are a master class in how to write bittersweet love songs.
Try it. you'll not be disappointed.