This debut solo album from Glasgow-based chanteuse Louise Rutkowski has been a long time coming. Rutkowski fronted soul pop band Sunset Gun in the 1980s, was a guest vocalist for 4AD supergroup This Mortal Coil and Ivo Watts-Russell's follow-up project The Hope Blister, and collaborated with composer Craig Armstrong in the 1990s as The Kindness of Strangers.

Irvin Duguid is her foil on this immaculately produced piano-led collection, which foregrounds Rutkowski's cool, classy voice in all its Kate Bush-like huskiness, athleticism and drama. A couple of songs stray into the middle of the road but elsewhere the widescreen melancholy of "The Passing" and vulnerable ballad "Help Me" are elegantly accomplished.

Fiona Shepherd The Scotsman