80s pop heroes attempting revivals are very rarely more than embarrassing, mainly because they weren't actually much cop in the first place. Nik Kershaw's image of being small and having an unhealthy fascination with quiffs made him the obvious target for critics, but singles such as 'The Riddle' and 'Wouldn't It Be Good' possessed musical values beyond the usual synthesised pap of the time. 'To Be Frank' is Kershaw's second comeback album and although his music is still unmistakably pop it also contains an air of world-weariness which means that without alienating his faithful fans he can also reach something approaching credibility. True, kicking off with Samba music for first track 'Wounded' is a step too far but when the song is followed up by strong, yearning material of the same stripe as 'Get Up' and 'Die Laughing' he can be forgiven. After that there a few highlights but thankfully few cringe-making moments making this a good if hardly exciting comeback. The most important aspect is that it's hard to imagine that the artist was ever desperate enough to write for the likes of Bucks Fizz and Chesney Hawkes.