THIS WEEK’S CD RELEASES
Nat ‘King’ Cole & Me Decca, out now ★★★★★ Steering clear of Cole’s earlier work, crossover star Porter plunges into standards (Ballerina, L-O-V -E) and ballads (Miss Otis Regrets), while finding personal significance in I Wonder Who My Daddy Is. A bit too much syrup – but plenty of love and charm.
The Architect RCA, out Friday ★★★★★ Faith’s fourth record is a compendium of contemporary issues: she’s got a genderneutral baby and songs about Brexit (Guilty) and male emotional vulnerability (Crybaby). Musically, though, it’s still retro-pop of a dependable kind.