For the first time in 13 years, singer-song writer/producer Ian Broudie has resurrected the Lightning Seeds band name. See You In The Stars contains 10 songs coming in at just over 30 minutes, most of which are perfect little pop nuggets. The jangly acoustic driven “Great To Be Alive” is an uplifting track co-written with James Skelly from The Coral. The pair also collaborate on “Live To Love You” that adds female vocals for colour with the energy coming from the drums.
“Time is flying, dreams are dying” appears on “Emily Smiles” that Broudie co-wrote with the recently deceased Terry Hall. “Permanent Danger” is more introspective as the singer states, “somedays I think I am on my own”, the closing title track has Broudie in a deeper, mature voice on a song that sounds like vintage Lightning Seeds. At 64 years old, Ian Broudie has released ever more clever pop music that doesn’t go too deep but always stays on the right side of twee.