'Villa Elaine' contains a beauty that very few albums manage to attain. The fragile insightful lyrics manage to float upon melodies and harmonies that leave the listener in a state of complete captivation. Unlike many rock-esque albums, every song on 'Villa Elaine' is perfect and each is different to the last. From the sweeping grandeur of 'Hermes Bird' and 'Hollow', to the beautifully fragile 'Life in Rain' and 'Whither Vulcan', Remy Zero combine influences ranging from David Bowie to U2 to The Smashing Pumpkins. From this melting pot emerges an orininal untarnished sound that proves that rock music can be big without being irrelevant. 'Fair' is easily the best song I have heard in a long time and matches Radiohead's 'fake plastic trees' for its anthemic build up and euphoric conclusion. 'Villa Elaine' is quite possibly the best album to come from America in the last 6 years.