I have been following Gomez since their first album and saw them in Swansea when they claimed that they were not very good at live gigs. I own every album and have now seen almost every UK tour and solo gigs from Ben and Tom, so I have witnessed a band that has grown and finally taken control of their own destiny.
This album is another step, probably the best so far. How We Operate has some wonderful tracks and some superb lyrics, A New Tide is another level again, but this is just sublime. It took me a couple of times to appreciate the nuances and clever twists (as always with Gomez), but I think this is without doubt one of the best albums I have heard for many years. The live performance in Bristol two weeks ago confirmed that they have matured, have confidence in their abilities and can attract a committed discerning audience, most of whom knew every word of the older tracks..this is a band with a loyal following, new ideas and bursting with creativity...and Olly Peacock must be the best British drummer, ranking up there with Baker, Bruford and Collins.