Alex Cornish - album review
Until the Traffic Stops (Bellevue)
Less flamboyant than Rufus Wainwright, less earthy than Richard Hawley, Edinburgh singer-songwriter Cornish here provides a passable debut which suggests he might yet carve out a niche of his own. Orchestral, plaintive and melancholic, the downbeat pop on offer is undeniably accomplished, but sometimes fails to fully engage.
While the likes of ‘My Word What a Mess’ drives along with considerable momentum, elsewhere the vaguely bombastic arrangements and wistful vocals come across like a slightly aimless Coldplay, thanks to an absence of enduring melody. That said, if Cornish can refine his pop sensibilities, he could be onto something in the future. (Doug Johnstone)