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Delightfully twisted album of the year
on 3 September 2012
This has to be the best album of 2012. No other act comes close to creating such a collection of songs and styles represented in this piece. Formed in 1994, Archive found great success in Europe but in the UK remain an enigma.
With each album they manage to progress. Their high point could have been the previous release 'Controlling Crowds' but once again they've delivered something better and different. And it still holds the essence of Archive.
One secret is that they work as a collective: songwriters putting forward their best work, which is then layered with the sonic architecture of Darius Keeler and Danny Griffiths, and weaved together by the strings of Simon Lole.
Although the central theme is love, the songs are delightfully twisted and given breathtaking emotional strength through the vocals of Maria Q, Dave Pen, Pollard Berrier and the latest addition Holly Martin.
This album is a treat. The more you listen, the more you sink in to the magic, mastery and mystery of Archive.