This CD could surprise who don't know very well Pooka's discography. Sharon and Natasha actually began to flirt with electronics at the time of their second CD single, and went on to collaborate with luminaries of the genre like Ultramarine and, more recently, Orbital. For this new CD, they opted instead for another expert, Brian Duffy, and with interesting results, especially when electronic tricks are not too heavy. The opening track, "What You Need", is a real "delicatessen", and these versions of "One In A Million" and "Music Is The Light" are still above average. And "Empty" has some very beautiful icey passages. 5 marks for their brave effort, 4 marks for the result and all in all an album that, thanks to the always brilliant vocals, manage to bring some humanity in this trony world. "Shift" will not delude their old fans and maybe will be able to find new ones.
This album takes some getting used to if you are into their earlier stuff. There are truckloads of electronics involved an it takes time to discover songs and melodies within. The lyrics have changed tone as well. From the poetic and playful chantings on "spinning", their last album, they have switched to diary-style lyrics. Angst and frustration are leitmotifs. Still, the singing is very touching and elaborate, the songs are unique in their style. I hope they keep going for a long time and re-gain some lust for life.