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Faze Action Broad Souls

When Robin and Simon Lee released the fab Plans and Designs LP on Nuphonic seven years ago, they captured the attention of house heads starved for a bit of melody, a bit of sophistication, and plenty of soul. Broad Souls retains the artistry, sophistication and melodic sensibilities of their previous work, but the whole album seems cloyingly sweet, dripping with ersatz soul and a heavy coat of gloss. Guitars abound, strings swell and vocalist Andre Espeut belts his bluesy heart out, but in the end, Broad Souls sounds a bit leaden, a bit trite and far too weary, its heart trapped beneath a particularly heavy-handed retro-leaning chillout-by-numbers construction.

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