Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Bittersweet

by MV

A welcome return from ever-reliable posho Soph E-B. As ever, there’s the nagging sense that whatever she does, she’ll never top Groovejet, but this is a typically satisfying slab of polite, mannered pop music. It has a touch of some of Saint Etienne’s Xenomania tracks about it, as well as, to this ear, recalling a slightly watered-down take on sadly departed Swedes Zeigeist. Neither of which make for weak comparison points, even if the result isn’t quite as perfect as they’d leave you believe.