Released: July 2006
As genial and comforting as a friend’s arm round your shoulder on the night bus home as you weep into your chips, ‘Sheila’ is the male counterpart to Lily Allen’s 'LDN' – smart, warm magpie pop that could only have been made in the capital. The gentle old-school beats and the romanticism of Jamie Treays’ melody make it more than token ‘urban grittiness’, populated as it is by an array of minor city tragedies – drownings, dealers, domestic violence. And just in case you were thinking he was no more than a cheeky Cockney-pop scamp, there’s a sample of John Betjeman's 'The Cockney Amorist' in the background. Culture, in your face.
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