This album is uniformly charming - warm, friendly, melodic and with spacious production. It brings to mind the warm summers of the 70s, radio 2 playing in the background and time stretching out into the distance.
If that feels bittersweet in 2012, several of the tracks here push the melancholy electronica for all it's worth. The single 'Sad', in particular, is stunning - an instant classic. 'Foreign Fields' has the same vibe (and reminds me of a basslined, synthesized 'Drive' by The Cars) with haunting backing vocals and beautiful lyrics. Elsewhere (eg 'Good Morning To The Night', 'Karmatron', 'Phoenix') things get a little more upbeat but with some prog-rock touches.
If I didn't know beforehand that each song is a cut-and-shut of several Elton tracks I would never have guessed it. Pnau have achieved something so worthwhile with this album; far more than a remix project, this really is a work of art.