Eddi Reader (Rough Trade)

Two decades after she won a clutch of Brits with Fairground Attraction, Eddi Reader occupies a nice niche as Scotland’s leading torch singer.

Slightly wearied, her voice isn’t the immaculate soaring instrument heard on previous records.

But she remains a wonderfully sympathetic singer, lending appeal to everything from delightfully jazzy frivolitie ssuch as Dandelion (written by Boo Hewerdine) to It’s Magic, an old Jule Styne show tune. WILL FULFORD-JONES