David Ford I Sincerely Apologise for All the Trouble I've Cau

David Ford is the latest addition to the parade of sensitive British male singer-songwriters. His former band Easyworld followed a similar path to many other UK bands, starting off with Fierce Panda Records until the major labels came knocking and then releasing a string of albums that didn’t live up to the earlier promise before finally calling it a day. These days he’s got more in common with Damien Rice and David Gray, making the kind of mature pop music that is currently all the rage. I Sincerely Apologise for All the Trouble I’ve Caused is a strange album in the way that the bitter, almost venomous lyrics are delivered in such a mellow fashion. The irony of a song called "Cheer Up (You Miserable Fuck)” feeling like a melancholy sing-along surely isn’t a coincidence. But the simplicity of the arrangements is a calculated move to ensure Ford’s words leave a lasting impression because this is ultimately one of those albums that is sure it has something important to say. I Sincerely Apologise is a surprisingly good album that takes a few listens to work its magic. Nevertheless, he’s never going to be as famous as, say, James Blunt because there’s thankfully no "You’re Beautiful” here, and without that one breakthrough track Ford is going to remain an acclaimed but commercially unsuccessful artist. And maybe that’s a good thing. (Independiente)