If you're expecting instant classics in the form of Tongue or Flame, say, you might be best prepared to relinquish expectations. A slight departure in sound here: for the most part the strident electronic acoustic duality works well; but there's times when it's over-padded with the former (if you're hankering for the early drum sounds and less electro filler after a few listens, you might not be alone).
But it grows, and nicely so; even if the past heights of unforgettably catchy song-writing appear to be scaled less frequently than past masterpieces. Maybe it's just not that kind of long-player.
Velcro, Haloumi and Sugar High is a welcome return to top form, however, although they're on the short side. Hey Anna and Amsterdam Says make for a strange beginning and end; just not quite resonating in the beguiling way I suspect was first imagined; although where Hey Anna teases you with a puzzling intro of Garageband demo-esque trickery at first, it does take shape - Amsterdam is, quite simply, a drab ending.
Everything in-between is worth serious consideration. It might be a stretch to say it's Bell X1 at their absolute finest but it's far from a soulless coup.