I finally got the new Archive
today. I'd been delaying that because I was really worried I wouldn't like it, what with the new singer and all. Now curiosity got the better of me, and I put it on, fully expecting to keep working on some school project. The first few songs, I thought, OK, they're back to their poppy side again. The third track, Veins, I almost switched it off. It was truly getting cheesy. It got better after that, but I was still working.
Then came the title track, Lights
. About five minutes into it, I realized I had embarked on a journey. This song went on forever. Slowly building up. Slowly becoming fuller, more intense. Driving forward. Layering. And I was lost in it. I was flying. It was bliss. Pure bliss that went on for 18 minutes. As the final few piano notes were dying away, I noticed some dialog box sitting on my screen from my unfinished work that I hadn't even seen. I officially stopped what I was doing and spent the next, uh, hours listening to this album. …