Timothy Gunatilaka
October 01, 2004 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Universal Audio

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Chemikal Underground, Transdreamer

We gave it a B-

Although at first it seems the Scot-pop pioneers have traded their lush campfire symphonies for a generic indie groove befitting a Dawson’s Creek mixtape, halfway through, the harmonious majesty of previous records like The Great Eastern returns on Universal Audio. ”Bits of Bone” dissolves a frenetic cadence of snare into a dreamy staccato strum that’d make Jonny Greenwood proud, while ”Now & Forever” closes with a sprawling urgency. In other words, skip to track 7, then hit play.

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