Sometimes a band pulls a great album almost out of nowhere.
The lads invite us into an exciting and intriguing aural universe. There is a lot of the space imagery of the Soft Bulletin album, plus a much more emotive set of tales of love and loss and hurt.
More important is simply the orchestration of the album. These guys manage to weave together the potentially indulgent and overblown combination of electronic and strings into a fabric that is nice on the ear and a perfect wrapping for their vaguely futuristic yet humanistic set of tunes.
There are big chunks of this album that I don’t get in a cerebral sense, but it all works in terms of how it makes you feel. Just as importantly, it sounds like they had a ball putting it together. After all the years in the ‘biz’ it must have been great to realise they’d constructed a masterpiece.
It was just as delightful to then see them bring it to life in their all singing, all dancing, all men in bunny suits and giant plastic balls tour.
File under: Music is the winner