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Tom Chaplin won’t lie. Yes, brilliantly, he’s experienced more than his share of high points. Five albums fronting Keane have taken the singer and songwriter round the world, to the top of the UK charts (four consecutive times ), to the winner’s podium at the Brit Awards (twice, for 2004 debut Hopes and Fears), and to centre-stage on some of the world’s greatest venues. As a solo artist, too, he’s enjoyed success away from what was his arena-filling day job: 2016’s The Wave was a silver-selling Number Three hit album.

New album Midpoint pins its colours to the mast from the off. For sure, there are pop melodies in there, but this is not a declamatory pop record. It’s more reflective and wistful. Sonically, all that was a pleasing revelation to Chaplin.

Warmly produced by Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, Paul McCartney), Tom Chaplin’s third studio album is the first where the musician presents all of himself: as a writer, a singer, a husband, a world-beating artist with a past (and all the ups and downs that come with it) – and as a middle-aged man. It’s his life and times, highs and lows, past, present and future. It is, for the first time, all of him, on an album radiating a gentle, embracing, warming universality.