James Taylor (Hear Music)

Listeners looking for evidence that covers albums aren’t merely the last refuge of the creatively bankrupt won’t find it here.

In fine voice, Taylor’s good with Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’, and doesn’t do too much harm to Wichita Lineman.

But for the most part, it’s pipe and slippers territory, with white-bread-and-mayo covers of soul classics mixing with anaesthetised readings of rock ’n’ roll classics such as Hound Dog and — irony apparently absent — Not Fade Away. WILL FULFORD-JONES