Cole's previous career as the mainman of Turn feels like a long time ago and his reinvention with 'We Albatri' will heap even more dust on the memories. He's someone who has used the years since well, taking more risks and fine tuning his powers to cheer up, charm and console.

With the emotional stock take of 'Too Many People', the ballad 'Close Your Eyes' and 'Little Bad Dream's country twang Cole has songs that would up the quality on anyone's album and you finish this record convinced that there's better still to come.

"I've got to keep focussed on what's up ahead and just not look back," he sings. Good thinking, but he shouldn't forget to buy himself an ice cream for what he's done in the here and now.

Harry Guerin