Joe Stilgoe - We Look To The Stars - The Sunday Times
The polished singer-pianist must have won plenty of new fans through his supporting role in the comic Alex Horne’s recent, highly enjoyable stand-up-meets-jazz series on Radio 4. Stilgoe’s lyrics are intricate, his tunes breezy and buoyant, and a cover of the Kinks’ Waterloo Sunset provides a wistful payoff to a confident set. The band always swings hard, but you can instantly tell that Stilgoe is no purist: he comes up with as many neat hooks and choruses as a true pop veteran. Is that a Billy Wilder reference on (That’s the Way It Crumbles) Cookie-Wise? Sounds like it.