A rich actor is given the chance to live another dream and make an album of the blues music he has loved since escaping from stuffy piano classes with Mrs Hare as a kid.

What could possibly go right?

More than you might think.

While Laurie doesn't have the way-down-in-the-hole voice he needs for some of these covers (and the American lilt can occasionally grate), 'Let Them Talk's easy charm coaxes smiles and you have to admire the man's stones for giving it a go.

Here Laurie surrounds himself with a brilliant band, wangles some true legends as special guests (Tom Jones, Dr John, Irma Thomas) and in solo artist and Solomon Burke producer Joe Henry has a sage in the control room. The results of their New Orleans get-together have more to offer the Sunday morning brunch crowd than those who already own the classic versions of such songs as 'You Don't Know My Mind', 'After You've Gone' and 'John Henry', but the former could easily turn into the latter after spending some time 'round these parts.

As fans from his 'A Bit of Fry & Laurie' (see below) and 'Jeeves and Wooster' days will remember, Laurie is useful on a piano, and here he shows that he would be an asset on anyone's record. Should he make another one of his own? Yes, but with songs that make the most of his voice.

Harry Guerin