It seems like it was only yesterday that I picked up a promo CD with the words 'Tear Them Down' written across it. I popped this mystery disc into the CD player at the radio station I used to work at, and low and behold, I enjoyed it. The man behind the mask was David's Lyre (Paul Dixon), and the mask was literal in this case, as every photo I could find had him wearing a lone ranger mask, as if he were a secret member of The Incredibles family. But out of this time vortex, where what I think was yesterday was actually over a year ago, comes his debut album.

Picture Of Our Youth is a solid debut album. Fans may notice that two of his past singles, 'Tear Them Down' and 'In Arms' are missing from the track listing, and they might think that it's a strange move, but then it's hardly unheard of. A year is a long time, and it could be that Mr Dixon was sick of those two songs, or that they didn't fit into the album, or one of thousands of other reasons he could have, but the bottom line is that they aren't there. The album is probably something you would've expected to hear a few years ago, somewhere between when Good Shoes were creeping into the charts with 'Never Meant To Hurt You' and when people were saying "have you heard of Two Door Cinema Club?," although that isn't to say that this album is behind the times or not down with the kids. In fact it's actually unbelievably enjoyable to hear an album like this again. Rather than trying to squeeze synths, dubstep or references to Mick Jagger somewhere into the running time, it just plays to its strengths.

It feels like a record that was designed to be played from start to finish, rather than being a random collection of songs. It sounds as if it has been recorded because Paul wanted to do it, not because he had to or because his record label told him to, and for that I have to take my hat off to him (that is if I was wearing a hat, but unfortunately they just don't suit me.) With each listen I imagine I will find something new that I enjoy about the album, but for now Mr Dixon is going to have to settle for a pat on the back and a gold star.