No ordinary chill out act indeed. Bent improve immeasurably on theirdebut, Programmed to Love, with an album of strange eccentric beauty and,at times, shimmering attention to detail. 'King Wisp' opens things gentlywith ethereal gospel voices and aquatic strings. 'An Ordinary Day' pitchesa heavily distorted soulful vocal sample over disco rhythms, pumpingbasslines and bubbling synths, a formula that is repeated successfullythroughout the album. What sets Bent asides from, say, Zero Seven,however, is their bold use of (albeit sampled) vocal contributions.Furthermore, their 'borrowed' vocals are employed to a subtler and morestructured effect than the wacky student enterprise that is Lemon Jelly.'So Long Without You' is a mutant disco/country hybrid centred around theunlikely tones of Billie Jo Spears that really shouldn't work. The blendof southern 'twang', warped keyboards and mournful trumpet into the warm,heavily distorted production is strangely uplifting without being cheesy.Similarly, 'Stay The Same' is a piece of soaring electroclash centredaround a David Essex vocal that turns into a symphonic, layered beauty,and is a true original. Although a number of tracks are vapid chill-outfodder, there is plenty to recommend, including the Hawaiian lilt of'Moonbeams' and the dramatic crescendo of the title track. The best of thebunch.