Alan Pownall - True Love Stories
If Alan Pownall can be fortunate of one thing it's that his debut album, True Love Stories, has come out during the summer. You could quite easily imagine hearing his light and fluffy acoustic pop musings in the background of various BBQs and family gatherings, giving it an audience that he might not have achieved during the gloomier months. Much has been made of his similarities with Jack Johnson but tracks like 'Clara' and 'Life Worth Living' manage to be enjoyably breezy without being cheesy - or vomit-inducing. It's not exactly deep stuff though even if most tracks talk of lost loves, although an attempt is made with 'Colourful Day', ironically the darkest-sounding track on the album - which make it ideal for anyone looking for gifts to elderly relatives. As long as you don't come expecting something to make an impression that lasts longer than the average British summer, it's hard to imagine you being disappointed with True Love Stories.