- Words: Robbie Mackey
- Label: Bubblecore
It's about structure and composition this go 'round for HiM brain trust Doug Scharin. Picking up some of the same tricks featured on 2003's Many In High Places Are Not Well, but focusing more on arresting marimba melodies than far-out polyrhythms, Scharin and company (a list of contributors would take up the rest of the issue) craft adventurous Afro-pop, cabaña suites of sweet guitars and sweeter vocals, and texture-heavy experiments in smoothed-over world jazz. Basically, it‘s the kind of brave pop album those Toronto hipsters in Broken Social Scene fail to make every couple of years; where they fall short (read: elegantly matching restraint with bombast), Scharin absolutely excels.
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