I won't write much about this album, because the other three reviewers (The Wolf - always a reviewer I take note of - Bobby Chariots and Scott Davies), albeit with differing viewpoints, kind of sum it up.
For me, this isn't as instantly attractive and listenable as 'Feel It Break'. Having said that, I never expected it to be. Yes, the voice of Katie Stelmanis is as brilliant as before and the lustre is there. The melodies again all seem to be in minor keys - no bad thing and something I find attractive in the band.
The album has a couple of standout tracks for me, notably 'Sleep' which really does hit the spot for me, as do 'You Changed My Life', `Fire' and 'Home'. I expect the others (all good) to grow on me much more as I continue to get into it. However, I can understand Scott's viewpoint that this is the second album slump, but if this is the slump, just wait until they hit form again. Three stars for a slump isn't bad going.
No, what this album does for me is say that Austra has produced a very good album, with an increase in confidence, and continue the tight quality of vocals, arrangements and instrumentation to produce a very good set of material. I'll continue to play this and I am sure it will be a constant in the car, MP3 and CD player.