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Don't lose heart
on 28 January 2014
Oh, this is such a shame. Hearts is so monumentally wonderful -- one of the truly great albums of the last decade (and clearly an undiscovered gem, as only 5 people have bothered to review it on here) -- that the follow-up was always going to be tricky, and so it's proved. Maria Linden is obviously too talented to release a bad album; but after Hearts, this is just a bit of letdown. Not since Sigur Ros followed Agaetis Byrjun with () has a sophomore album been so underwhelming. Fortunately, Jonsi et al have proved that it's possible to peak again years later (Kveikur rivals even AB). Maybe Maria will do the same one day. It will certainly take more than one average album for me to lose the faith. But if you're looking for a masterpiece, buy Hearts, not Chiaroscuro.