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Where is the dreamy pop? Flat and disappointing
on June 3, 2012
Based on the reviews, I thought this album would feature shimmering guitars, echoing keyboards and silky reverb. But instead the production is flat and the songs are supported by sparse instrumentation. This would be okay if the melodies were stronger and singer Denise Nouvion had a more interesting voice. But the only true strengths of the album are the lyrics and the booklet photography (both by Nouvion). It is my understanding that the band's earlier EP used more creative sound engineering and therefore was more provocative. No doubt it was brave of the band to take a new approach and record these songs unadorned and bare-boned. Unfortunately their starker direction, at least to these ears, results in a disappointing album.