Out of the Blue: Mike + The Mechanics

The latest album from Mike + The Mechanics aims to capture the evolution of the band and their most-loved hits from their 35-year history.

The set begins with three new tracks - and they are all really good. One Way and Out Of The Blue are smooth and easy to listen to, as is the acoustically-driven What Would You Do?

Then we get to the hits and these have been re-recorded with the band in its latest incarnation, with singers Andrew Roachford and Tim Howar, who have been with the group since 2010.

Perhaps the band's best-known hit is The Living Years. This is a big production number and perhaps a little over-produced.

The insistent guitar riff by former Genesis man Mike Rutherford, the band's leader, is a little too far back in the mix for me.

But it's a moving song and still well worth a listen.

Another Cup Of Coffee, Silent Running and Over My Shoulder have even more of a sheen than the originals but, again, work well in their updated forms.

Some of the other songs, while pleasant, rather passed me by.

Overall, Mike + The Mechanics have carved out a niche with a fine blend of excellent vocals and impeccable musicianship.

They have been round for a long time and this best of collection amply reveals why.