Jake Shillingford is better known as the main man behind My Life Story, an excellent band which has now sadly bitten the dust although they reformed for an excellent anniversary concert in London I went to see a couple of weeks ago. Whereas in their pomp, My Life Story are a mixture of Dexy's, Divine Comedy and The Smiths, a 13-piece with a full, dramatic sound, this is very much stripped down, acoustic and gentle, letting the songs speak for themselves and they are strong and strangely beautiful songs at that. Jake's lyrics are excellent and always thought provoking. My Life Story fans will not be disappointed as there are several MLS favourites here, including Claret, Sunday Tongue and You Can't Uneat The Apple. But just listen to the fine song-writing involved in tracks like Butterfly Wings and Written Large and you might question why Jake is not as well-known as he should be. And that voice, at its best, is a powerful and delicate instrument. Buy this album and start the clamour to give this man (and his late, lamented army of ex-partners) the credit they deserve - we can't all be darlings of the critics, can we now?