You may find yourself slightly perplexed after the first listen of this album given the collective orgasm seemingly experienced by the music press about Last Exit. It is, however, a subtle, gentle grower. The missing link between Underworld, Talk Talk and New Order, it places delicate, slightly Indie vocal melodies over Timbaland-esque two-step electro rhythms. It is not just a retro gimmick this, though, and there is great tension between the barely-audiable vocals and stabbing basslines and skittering beats. In my opinion the latter half of the album works much better, with tracks like 'Three Words' and 'Teach Me How to Fight' lingering languidly - dream-like - in the imagination. Despite the pop sensibilities the music is allowed space to breath, to wallow in its own, sometimes minimal and lonely mood. It is this unusual, gentle approach that places them above the many other acts currently influenced by 80s synth bands and also sets them apart from their influences. Furthermore, 'Birthday' - which featured on a preceding EP - is a downbeat pop gem that has that resounding, almost nostalgic quality of sounding like you've heard it before. Part Terry Hall, part Joy Division, it is a sombre bed-sit classic.