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4 stars More again, a fine collection of catchy crafted pop-rock tunes, in a very sentimental and melancholic vein. The celestial vocal harmonies, orchestral strings, mood and tempo variations create all together a very interesting listening, with all the details providing the class of the composition. Everything is correctely balanced, never sounding forced or excessively dramatic, creating a very good ambience. Lyrics seem to be very introspective, dealing with love, mainly failed relationships, but also evoking disturbed pasts or even humanity in its vast sence.

Every track has something to offer, since the soft/power contrast of the opener "Once", their heaviest sound, evoking Porcupine Tree's "Blackest Eyes"; the sweet "1,000 people"80's remmant of the 80's sound effects; the heartbreaking "Miss You" evoking New Order; or the Beatle's-like "Christenings" chorus. Tearing "This Killer" is perhaps the one which resembles more the sound of their first album. The stunning ballad is undoubtfully "My Gift of Silence", a very crafted nostalgic and sad tune, with very introspective lyrcs, constructed around several catchy intrumental details and the band's characteristic vocal harmonies. "Some Day" is in the genre of the previous one, also one of the best of the collection. "Where is my Love?" is another standout, with the constelation of the refrain backing vocals creating a stunning refrain. The album is ended marbelously with the memorable chorus of "End of the World", in the vein of David Bowie.

TRoTZ | 4/5 |


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