So, 3 years after the multiplatinum 18 which was sort of a sequel to Play he's returning with something new and fresh and quite different than the 2 previous american blues/gospel/spiritual/soul sample dominated albums. This time there are no "Why does my heart feel so bad" or "Honey" or "In this world". It has a more european, synthy and atmospheric sound. It could be a mid 90's trip hop Bristol album. He shares the vocals with Laura Dawn who has a very warm and soft and heartbreaking voice. Her singing in very electronic and ambient-ish version of New Order's Temptation makes you imagine beautiful landascapes and imageries. This album is quite different than what he did with the last couple ones and it needs it's time to grow but if you give it a chance it proves itself to be maybe his finest work to date. Don't expect the Lift Me Up (first) single of the album to be representative of style and sound. Though it has it's "stadium" moments. Expect Spiders to be a huge live fav and hit if released as a single. Very is a mixture of disco and rave sound. It could be from "Everything is Wrong" album if done today. "Raining again" is a drum/piano/guitar led stomper in "We are all made of Stars" and "Extreme Ways" tradition.Beautiful, the next single, is meant to be a radio hit."Where you End" is very electronic and dreamy and could be a Depeche Mode song. "Dream about Me" is electronic and cinematic too with exquisite vocals. Very sentimental and melancholic. I am telling you again. If you spend a few listens to it you will discover that probably it is his best work to date. Highly recomended.
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