David Berman's low-key cult breaks a 3 year silence after their alt-rock masterpiece 'American Water', another blues and country-influenced collection of angular, elliptical narrative gems. In many ways this new record repeats the trick. 'Slow Education' and 'I Remember Me' are unforgettable beauties: the latter tells of a man who wakes from a coma to find his lover long gone. 'Time will Break the World' reprises the more menacing moments of 'American Water'. Elsewhere there's a pronounced country feel, pastiche perhaps(Tennessee, Friday Night Fever), although some may tire of the honky-tonk by the end. The closing track may be an elegy for the late Rob Bingham, Berman's writer friend, also elegised on Stephen Malkmus' solo album earlier in the year (the song 'Church on White'). Malkmus did not join Berman on Bright Flight (as he has on previous 'Jews records). Instead, Berman recorded it with a couple of the old American Water band amongst others, on Berman's home turf of Tennessee. Watch out for classic Bermanese lateral thought: 'Blackhawks nailed to the sky...tape hiss in the trees...' His book of poetry, Actual Air (buy it on Amazon!) is full of the shifting, stunning prisms of thought you'll find on this record. Whilst Bright Flight isn't as consummately brilliant as its predecessor, for another antidote to the vapid disappointments all around us, check it out.