He’s been Scottish rock’s adopted son for over a quarter of a century, and we’re damned if two decades in the States or lines like ‘I look like a million bucks’ will change that.

Americana is Cole’s bag on Broken Record – warm, authentic country music, as backed by a cast of US greats (including an ace vocal foil in Joan Wasser, aka Joan as Policewoman) – and fellow Commotion Blair Cowan.

It’s imbued with the bygone Glasgow pop pin-up’s enduring dandyism (‘Oh Genevieve’), deadpan wordplay (‘Rhinestones’), and characteristic knack of ensuring the rhythm section clings to his every word (‘Writers Retreat!’).

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Publication date: 01/09/10