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As good as before, but perhaps time for a new direction,
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This review is from: Dying In Time (Audio CD)
Despite there being a few more vocal tracks (in any case rarely at the forefront of the music), this album doesn't deviate too much from Port-Royal's standard approach. There's the same emphasis on ambient soundscapes, glitchy beat-programming and melancholic, woozy emotion. In many ways, the album seems to be a safer creation than 'Afraid to Dance' and in some ways feels like a backward step; at the same time, they remain incredible at what they do. The record has some real standout moments amidst songs that feel like they are treading old ground.
Despite the beauty of songs like 'hva' being in their best stuff, I hope after this record P-T will do something more adventurous. Moving over to Greece's Klik Records is a good sign that they will hopefully start to put together something that is harder and bassier, while retaining their ear for deep textures and melody. Not surprisingly the strongest song here is 'Balding Generation' with its thumping 4/4 that creates an interesting deep-house feel. It features a classic housey vocal sample as well, although any genre references are incorporated into P-R's own style.
Generally the album is excellent, but there is one track to skip. 'Photoshopped Prince' is an attempt at pop-ambient which just doesn't work. The vocals are wishy-washy and the melody slightly annoying.
But, welcome back Port-Royal...good to have another album.