“Another World” is a quiet, elegant lament over the decline of the environment that fits beautifully with Antony’s unusual voice. I always believed that Antony’s voice could carry any tune, but I think “Crackagen” and “Sing For Me” either need more punch to their instrumentation or Antony needs a bit more emotion in his voice. Neither song produces the kind of chills I’ve come to associate with the band’s music.
However, the sparse arrangement of the first half of “Shake The Devil” only serves to make his vocals that more haunting…though the retro beat and brass of the second half disrupt the song’s spell for me. The pretty piano finale “Hope Mountain” – a tale set after a flood when a group of people gather on a mountainside to witness a girl walking on water – also recaptures some of the old magic. The EP increased my excitement for the new album, but also lowered my expectations for it.
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