In her great book The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Rebecca Miller talks of the concept of "an easy read of quality". Here's the sonic equivalent; an assured debut with go-to songs for when the soundtrack needs to be either sweet or sad.

In between the folk and pop, Róisín O'Reilly and her bandmates show a playfulness that deserves nurturing. The Afrobeat touches on How Long enhance that track's free spirit credentials, while now-is-the-time friendship anthem Let's Find Some People wraps a shuffle, harmonies and wisdom together into a real bundle of joy.

There's also some serious soul mining on Filled with Snow and Hold On and with everyone contributing to the songwriting process, O and Co owe it to themselves not to play it safe.

Harry Guerin