12 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Australians’ second LP adventurously recuts their anthemic rock with electronica. Guitars and synths percolate into ’80s pop (“Need Your Love”, “Where Do We Go from Here”) and a Clash-evoking street gospel (“London’s Burning”) as Dougy Mandagi regularly holds back his show-stopping falsetto to transmit passion and yearning in lower octaves. The band’s talent for indelible melodies stands firm though. The charms of the brooding, percussive “Miracle” and stadium ballad “Trembling Hands” may unfurl slowly, but once they bed in they’re tough to shake.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Australians’ second LP adventurously recuts their anthemic rock with electronica. Guitars and synths percolate into ’80s pop (“Need Your Love”, “Where Do We Go from Here”) and a Clash-evoking street gospel (“London’s Burning”) as Dougy Mandagi regularly holds back his show-stopping falsetto to transmit passion and yearning in lower octaves. The band’s talent for indelible melodies stands firm though. The charms of the brooding, percussive “Miracle” and stadium ballad “Trembling Hands” may unfurl slowly, but once they bed in they’re tough to shake.

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