As quite a worshipper of Warp music I was looking forward to this sophomore from The Hundred In The Hands a lot. After about four hearings I still don't think it exceeded the band's first creation. It fell a bit short of my expectations.
Well, it is still a New York-based electro-pop-rock with trip-hop nuances, all dark, moody and down-to-earth. But whereas the eponymously titled debut had almost every track brilliant, now my feeling is - despite multiple patient listenings - that a lot of songs drown in mediocrity and lack debut's invention. It is somewhat too straight-forward musically and lyrics are a bit uneventful, being nearly about the same throughout the album, all they're about is personal struggles, sinister visions, red-and-black dreams and no way out. "Recognise" with its great guitar motif is perhaps the only song that lives up to what I thought they would reach on this album.
On the other hand, I must say that compared to most of media-friendly music this is still wonderful effort. And definitely very well listenable. And if you happen to be into all above mentioned styles you are likely to appreciate this.
Maybe it gets harder for me to find any truly brilliant brand-new album by any artist, maybe I am too demanding. Let's see what they will come up with next.