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The Neon Bible is here!,
This review is from: Neon Bible (Audio CD)The second album was always going to be difficult after the deserved success of Funeral, but after the first couple of listens I can say they've succeeded. Neon Bible sees the advent of a darker sound from the band, that seems almost foreboding, but alongside that they've managed to continue the inspirational and up-lifting feeling their predecessor created.
The first track Black Mirror sets the tone, while Keep the Car Running seemingly uplifts the mood and tempo. Intervention is also worth a mention for its organ introduction that builds into in a lyrically and vocally powerful rendition. These are all songs that have received a lot of radio play though, but the rest of the songs don't disappoint in displaying an equal characteristic to please and inspire in a way that's much grander than Funeral.
Unfortunately the albums does produce a few songs that fall relatively flat when compared to the rest such as the repeated chanting on Neon Bible, which feels somewhat disjointed. However, these are not bad songs, but the consistency present on Funeral hasn't quite been reproduced. In No Cars Go though, the albums penultimate song enhanced from their original EP, another classic is present, which arguably vies for the best track with those before mentioned in its tremendous last couple of minuets.
However, what the best track is is largely irrelevant, from start to finish Neon Bible can't help but tapping in to that feeling of awe, the recording having taken place in a church, and the vast cacophony of sounds that intertwine in the songs really paying of. The lyrics offer uncertainty about religion and the forward direction of society that cannot be ignored, but if you finish listening with only one emotion displayed on you face, that should undoubtedly be a smile.