Televise, led by former Slowdive member Simon Scott, impressed with their 'Outside Out' EP from 2005. Despite being inevitably in thrall to the shoegazer sounds of the early 90s, Scott and his cohorts successfully proved they could be more direct with their melodies. Thankfully 'Songs To Sing In A & E' follows suit and only once do they threaten an FX dirge but even then - on the fifteen-minute long 'Never Alone' - there's enough moments of clarity to shine through. Elsewhere this is essentially a pop album, from the epic Spiritualized-like 'This Is Where' to the barnstorming finale 'Life On Mars'. In between the likes of 'Radiation Sound', 'I Don't Know Why' and 'Underwater' are more concerned in conveying emotion and tunes than they are in building up the more traditional "wall of sound" approach. In addition, Scott proves to be in fine voice throughout; clearly looking upwards towards the sky than downwards to his feet. It is the sense of humanity, above all, that should see Televise reach out beyond the confines of their genre.