The curse of Doherty threatens to strike again: Add N To X's Andrew Aveling launches his new project here and receives a boost from dubious talent and tabloid-darling Pete Doherty. The result is equivalent to Belle And Sebastian sharing a room with some smacked-up cockneys.
Given recent events, Doherty's presence on your single is either going to be a curse or a boon. It's clear that this track wouldn't recieve as much attention if the former Libertine was not in attendance. Now it's likely to attract his loyal fans and the scandal-fuelled curious alike. Luckily, however, Their Way strays away from being the musical equivalent of everyone slowing down to watch a car crash. It's a great laid-back track that doesn't outstay its welcome - an enjoyable piece of semi-incoherent alternative pop that ticks all the boxes.
To those despairing at Doherty's current doldrums: Pete's lyrics offer a glimmer of hope - he pledges that he "won't stay down for very long" and one hopes so. It's a shame that such an individual presence is in danger of becoming a joke with his excesses. His appearance here is enough, however, to silence his critics for the time being. Aveling's B-sides are variations on the lead track that differ wildly from the original and it's good to hear different interpretations - as long as they're not indicative of a lack of fresh material. I'd certainly like to hear more of The Litt'lans after this.