Travis - Where You Stand (Red Telephone Box) ****
There was a time where it seemed you couldn't turn on the radio or the telly without hearing a Travis song.
Parts of the 90s and 00s were owned by the Glasgow group and with their knack of writing anthem after anthem, they certainly deserved it.
Where You Stand is their first album since 2008 and we really could have done without the wait.
You couldn't call this a return to form, because Travis were never out of form.
Sure, their last album Ode To J Smith didn't dominate the airwaves in the same way as their earlier material, but it was still an accomplished record.
Where You Stand picks up the mantle from Ode and sees Travis sounding every bit the mature songwriters with an ear for pop hooks.
Mother and Moving both get things off to a decent start, but Reminder is where they start to flex those songwriting muscles.
Fran Healy's voice is as glorious as ever, punctuating a simple but beautiful guitar and drum foundation.
He seems to plead for us to recall the band's greatness as he sings "this is a reminder" - when really, even after five years, we'd not forgotten.
Another Guy is also a highlight, with a similarly simple but gorgeous sound.
A Different Room is epic in the way that earlier glories like Turn and Sing were, but it has a spacey feel to it as the band experiment a little with their classic sound.
Rounding off the album with piano-led song The Big Screen is a brave move, bringing things to a fairly low key finish, but without dampening the impact of what is a welcome and wonderful comeback - and our album of the week.
John Mayer - Paradise Valley (Columbia) ***
IT'S easy to hate John Mayer.
The guy's got bags of talent, used to date Taylor Swift and is currently romancing Katy Perry.
I know, it's disgusting.
But it's the talent part that wins out on his new album, even if Swift and Perry linger in the background.
Perry guests on the sweet ballad Who You Love while Swift seems to be the target of some less than complimentary lyrics on Paper Doll.
There's a country flavour throughout the record, none more so than on album opener Wildfire.
And on Dear Marie, Mayer pairs country guitar sounds with a typically country lyric, seeking the approval of, presumably, another drop dead gorgeous ex.
A cover of JJ Cale's Call Me The Breeze brings the tempo up a little and allows Mayer's incredible guitar skills to come to the fore.
Fans of his previous work will appreciate Mayer's willingness to change things up.
A$AP Ferg - Trap Lord (RCA) ***
HARLEM rapper Ferg's debut album has been a long time coming, and now that it's here it comes saddled with a lot of expectation.
And for the most part, Trap Lord is worth the wait.
There is some filler on this album, particularly the ridiculous Shabba which sounds so out of place in this collection of songs that it could easily be mistaken for a different artist altogether.
And 4.02 is so clichéd and pointless it really should have been left on the cutting room floor.
But when he's on form, Ferg is well worth a listen.
Let It Go is powerful, funky and relentlessly catchy while Murda Something is gangsta rap at its finest - aggressive and obnoxious to its core.
Make A Scene is our favourite, bringing to mind Snoop's Gin And Juice with its sexy swagger.