After the most protracted of separations - including two solo albums under the guise of the Gentle Waves - Isobel Campbell finally left the cosy safety of Belle & Sebastian last year. So this should be a fanfare for freedom, an agenda-setting dive into the future. In fact, Campbell sounds like saccharine 1960s singer Twinkle, displaying only slightly more vigour than she has in the past.
The world of Isobel Campbell’s Amorino is like Eric Rohmer’s early 1960s work playing back in a perpetual loop. That set-up requires some explanation. Amorino, Campbell’s first true solo album since leaving Belle and Sebastian last spring, tries to set a scene more than it tries to captivate or fascinate its listeners.