I'll set the scene. I'd gone into to check out their post-Christmas sale. They'd been playing the usual chart stuff, bit of Basement Jaxx, blah blah. Then this new cd started. It was a man who sounded like a jazz-funk Mike Skinner from the Streets singing "well well well well, fine story to tell". I thought to myself "that's quite cool, if a little cocky", and kept a curious ear out as I browsed. The second song was nothing like the first, but it was just as immediate. And then the third, which was even better. By this time, I'd placed the voice and realised who it was, because I'd seen the JCB song on Top of the Pops Christmas Day, and found it really touching. This was such a rare treat, an album I was hearing for the first time, and each new song that came on was as good as, or even better than, the last.
Reader, I bought it.
And let me tell you, it is absolutely life-affirming. Warm, hopeful, heartfelt, poignant, what more do you need? If you can imagine the emotive acoustic folk of Tracy Chapman mixed with the chirpy laddish vocals of the Streets (buy it and see what I mean), with a little bit of Van Morrison and Dave Matthews Band thrown in, that's roughly what this sounds like.
If you're human at all, you'll smile, your eyes will get all misty and you'll resolve to win that love (back), call that old friend, revisit that place you loved as a kid.
Beautiful. Own this, and the world's a happier place.