Yip Man is one Al Nero - a Scot living in China - and Cock of the North continues his escapades of joyful abandon, with the pervasive sense of fun that Nero has been channelling since his debut album, 2016's Braw Power, and follow up, Pure, Zen Ken?, in 2019.Heralded as, "a power-pop genius" by BBC Radio Scotland's Vic Galloway, Yip Man's talent for hooks and ability to sculpt complex rhythm and harmony into digestible chunks of unashamed pop is his herculean strength. Three albums in, he's a well/seasoned songwriter and Cock of the North is further evidence that he is working at the top of his game, stuffed full of structural twists and turns, razor-sharp riffs, and deeply satisfying choruses. This could be Yip Man's most personal collection to date. Lyrically, there's something heavier, angrier and sadder woven through the record. Nero is less amiable than on previous offerings.