EMERG­ING ADULT­HOOD COM­MU­NION, OUT NOW Be­spec­ta­cled Brit singer­song­writer re­turns with more pleas­ant pop.

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It must be tough out there for a pop singer whose main USP is “wears glasses” but Dan Croll, whose 2014 de­but al­bum Sweet Dis­ar­ray never quite de­liv­ered on his po­ten­tial, is back with new de­signer frames and another col­lec­tion of pleas­ant pop tunes. His aim, he says, is to come at pop from an un­usual an­gle – but this seems just to mean lots of bleeps and bloops and us­ing a theremin, rather than any struc­tural in­ven­tive­ness or lyri­cal avant-gardisms. Still, he’s con­jured a neat pack­age of 10 per­fectly lis­ten­able songs, with The An­i­mals Went In Two By Two homage Away From To­day and the dream­ily aquatic Swim bob­bing their heads briefly above the para­pet. KATE SOLOMON Lis­ten To: Swim | One Of Us | Away From To­day

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