Sea Of Trouble
If their website is to be believed, Norwich quartet may just have made the best album ever in the shape of soon-to-be-released "Other People's Lives Are Not As Perfect As They Seem". Name-checking Muse, Coldplay, QOTSA and Pink Floyd, they certainly talk a good game, meaning their imminent tour could be stunning.
With the brilliance of the band's listed above, "Sea Of Trouble" is actually disappointing in that it's a safe indie anthem. Written about a relationship in decline, it has a big chorus and gorgeous strings. not too unlike their last single, though not quite as brilliant.
Speaking of which, the piano version of "Winter" is a welcome inclusion and together they show that C/O/R/D are a talented band. They don't yet inspire like Matt Bellamy or Josh Homme, but they're far from bad.
'Smalls Change (Meditations Upon Ageing)' arrives in April.
The two awards have made for a great 72nd birthday present for the country music icon.