I originally reviewed this on release for the BBc website, and this is an edited version of my review
This, their fourth album,is basically a love story set around the Skylon - a futuristic skyscraper built in London in 1951 for the Great Exhibition and demolished soon afterwards.
With great melodies and a rare example of that old-fashioned craft, songwriting, this album is beautiful in its performance, production and conception. Strong vocals from Joel and Alex Morris underpin the tracks and the band are tight yet loose, particularly on the Beta Band-esque Going Outside, while the delicate and emotive Falling Leaves is reminiscent of early Fairport and the use of a mellotron on Another One Down recalls The Beatles. With their strong use of harmonies and the lyrical wordplay of the band this is a worthy successor to 2002's Wicker Man-inspired Nuada, and is one of those albums that grows with you. By the time you reach the end you will be singing the chorus to the brilliant You are Loved.
The band have been mentioned in the same breath as US alt-country acts like Wilco and Granddaddy, and their styles are similar; however Candidate remain English in their outlook and performance and this is their real strength. Definitely an album of the year, and one that I keep returning to year after year.