Laurence Fox - Holding Patterns: A fair start that will enthral his fans

Laurence Fox
Laurence Fox

Star of Lewis, part of the Fox acting dynasty and husband of singer-turned-actress Billie Piper, Laurence Fox is having a crack at the music industry with this debut album of extremely passable self-penned indie-influenced tunes.

His recognisable vocals strain on the storytelling Shelter’s refrain: ‘But it’s so hard building a house in the dark’ - and the sombre Gunfight, but after a couple of listens, the raspiness can grate.

Much more enduring are the upbeat - and catchy - Rise Again - and urgent, almost-dance track Headlong (‘We are too young’).

The title track is similarly heart-beat spiking, with an insistent drum thump great for running to.

He’s also on guitar on the stripped-back soft closer Before, so kudos there, but lyrically, he’s not setting the world on fire with some slightly twee rhymes.

Fox has not quit acting yet and says this album was something he had to do - as music’s his ‘passion’ - and it’s a fair start that will enthral his fans.