Is this really All About Eve? Much as I kind of like it, it could be brand suicide as far as the regular AAE audience are concerned. Then again I thought that of their other upheavels, circa 'Touched By Jesus' and 'Ultraviolet'. I still bought them, and grew to like them.
Eschewing the familiar folk rock, guitar led approach, we are presented with effects laden electronica with distorted vocals, crunching drum machine, echoes etc. A mixture of covers - Last Christmas, Walking In the Air, A Winter's Tale (George Michael, Queen etc.). Either this is all deliberate to support the winter themes, or else Julianne and co lost their principal guitar virtuoso at a critical point, said 'Oh well...' and the result is putting out the goods they had, experimental or otherwise.
For me, the album works on its own level. Forget its AAE, and your expectations for a minute, and give it a few listens. A gamble, to be sure, but these ones have always been idiosyncratic to a fault. Its one of the qualities I like about them, but I'm just wondering where to next?