The last time I saw Euros Childs he was still at the helm of Gorky's Zygotic Mynci, the band he founded aged sixteen, whilst still at school in Carmarthen. They were near the end of their career then, and their delicate psychedelic pop was heading towards prog-rock.

Since the band split seven years ago, Euros has kept up the prolific reputation that he had gained with them. Situation Comedy is his ninth solo album, which means that he has now made as many on his own as he had with his old band. Add to that his work as Jonny, with Norman Blake from Teenage Fanclub, and Cousins, with Meilyr Jones from Race Horses, and you have a man who doesn't sit still.

Situation Comedy is an intriguing prospect, given that each track is billed as a short story told through the voice of a different character. The stories are slices of real lives, by turns bleak, sordid, and as the title suggests, often amusing.

The songs are as varied as the stories, which as far as I can interpret, move between wannabe serial killers and travelling make-up ladies, to use just two examples. It is hard to warm to all of this material though. Some songs are as odd and enticing as the best of Euros's work, whilst others head towards hard-to-take jaunty pub piano ('Tête-a-tête') and cod country ('Daddy's Girl').

The backing band are broadly similar to that on his last few solo releases. Sweet Baboo plays bass and the flute of Laura J Martin fits perfectly with some of the lighter arrangements, such as 'Tina Said' and 'Second Home Blues'. The latter is up tempo and whimsical, the tempo changes recall Gorky's influences like Kevin Ayers, and the lyrics tell of someone escaping to west Wales where he can be "found out in the garden in my dressing gown." 'Ooh La Oona' is the best of the jaunty numbers , whilst the creepy 'Brides in the Bath' is pleasantly off-kilter with a circling guitar melody and an suitably unhinged vocal.

On the delightful, reflective 'Holiday From Myself' he paints a singer-songwriter analysing his own work, with lines like "what's your favourite kind of lamppost, how many pairs of shoes do you own?" He admits he has "been singing the same old shit since 1994" and you wonder if this is auto-biographical, but then given the musical and lyrical range of this album, how could it be?

As if to underline it, the album ends with a fourteen-minute piano led piece, 'Trick of the Mind' based around a repetitive riff and understated vocals, which shows yet another facet of his songwriting.

Overall, there is some material to love, some to admire and some to skip. Ambitious yet not always successful, it is good that records with as singular a vision as Situation Comedy are still being made.