I've never written a review before, but this deserves it. My most-listened-to album of the year so far and I still can't quite figure out why - maybe it's because there is an insidious nature to it all (in the positive sense of the word). Whether or not the back-story of his flight from City job to Edinburgh bedsit is all it seems, the music stands up on its own. This is a quality production with great songs and arrangements, which sometimes threaten to have everything but the kitchen sink thrown in (horns, violins, piano, percussion, guitar) but then pull back just before that happens. Stand-out tracks for me are This One's for You, My Word What a Mess, The King of Hearts and Untied and as they generally a while to build the Amazon clips don't do them justice.
Having heard Alex on Dermot O'Leary and then seen him live with his band I can't figure out why this hasn't taken off more. Maybe a slow burn a bit like Damien Rice's 'O'? A bit curmudgeonly maybe, but one star deducted as this is a re-release of sorts and there is other material that could have been added as extras which I had to download from his website (for free though, and once done that makes it an even better album).