Giu 11 2011, 13:30
was always going to be a different proposition to Mirrored
- the departure of Tyondai Braxton
took with it the distinctive processed vocals that helped make Mirrored such a strange and beguiling listen. Gloss Drop
, then, had to take a different direction.
Most tracks on the album are instrumental; vocal duties have been taken up on four tracks by guests.
The album's opener, Africastle
, is an instrumental and sounds reassuringly like Battles
of old, but even here there's a different feel - a little more conventional; dare I say even a little poppier. There's a little more melody than in the past which softens the sound - this is common throughout the album and leads to Gloss Drop
lacking the impact of its predecessor.
OK, so it's not Mirrored
, but is it any good?
Second track, Ice Cream
, is the first track with a guest vocalist and whilst it reinforces the fact that Battles
have changed, it also confirms that they are still capable of producing great music. Yes, Gloss Drop
, is another fine album. …